New Irrigation Development

The Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District WILL be taking applications this fall for the development of new irrigated acres.  The board established a sign-up period to receive applications for Standard Variances between September 4, 2018 and October 3, 2018.  Contact the LENRD office for more information at 402-371-7313.

Sign-up begins Sept. 4th for new acres

Farmers within the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District (LENRD) boundaries, will have an opportunity to apply for new irrigated acres for 2019.

The LENRD board voted, at their August meeting, to allow up to 2,500 acres of new groundwater irrigation development in the Hydrologically Connected or 10/50 Area, and to allow up to 2,500 acres of new groundwater irrigation development in the Non-Hydrologically Connected or Non 10/50 Area under the district’s standard variance process for 2019.

LENRD Assistant General Manager, Brian Bruckner, said, “The board voted to allow for the approval of standard variances district-wide, from areas that fall within the top five Potential for Development categories as provided on the Classification 4 Map provided by Flatwater Group.”

Bruckner added, “The board suggested an annual limit on the amount of groundwater withdrawal from wells associated with approved variances, determined by board policy, which is subject to future modification if conditions warrant.  In addition, a minimum soil score of 90 must be met for any standard variance to be considered for approval.”

The board established a sign-up period to receive applications for Standard Variances.  The district will receive applications for standard variances between September 4th, 2018 and October 3rd, 2018.  Contact the LENRD for more information.

Irrigation Development Areas - MAP

Standard Variance Application Form (available Sept. 4th)

 

 

Maps delineating hydrologically & non-hydrologically connected areas

Are you a landowner within the boundaries of the Lower Elkhorn NRD? Do you know if your land is located in the Hydrologically Connected Area or the Non-Hydrologically Connected Area of the district?  Click on your county below for a PDF map that will help you find out.

Variances

Variances are available for "Good Cause Shown" cases involving no more than 35 acres. For the criteria for Good Cause Shown variances and an application form, download the packet below.

If you have any questions, contact Brian at the LENRD office, 402-371-7313.