Irrigated Acre Certification

The Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District (LENRD) is certifying irrigated acres. This process will be completed at the end of 2017.

Once certification is finished, irrigation within the LENRD will be allowed only on acres classified as Certified Irrigated Acres.

The LENRD Board of Directors feels that certification is necessary to best conserve, protect, develop, and manage the natural resources within the District.  In effect, certification will also recognize landowners’ abilities to irrigate Certified Irrigated Acres.

The LENRD is working with local County Assessors to gather the information needed to make a preliminary finding of the location and number of irrigated acres that may qualify as Certified Irrigated Acres.  This includes fields larger than two acres that were irrigated, regardless of source, from 1999 through 2008, as well as fields granted a variance since 2009 by the LENRD.

Since the Assessor information may be inaccurate, landowners are encouraged to work with their County Assessors to update all information concerning irrigated acres (Keep in mind that you may need to provide additional documentation to verify your information).

LENRD staff will then contact in writing everyone owning irrigated land within the District based on its preliminary finding.  These landowners will have 30 days to contact the LENRD to correct this irrigated acre information.  If no response is received from a landowner, the LENRD will consider this to be consent from the landowner to the preliminary finding.

Once landowner contacts are done, the staff will then propose a final determination of Certified Irrigated Acres within the District.

The LENRD Board of Directors will then hold a public hearing quarterly to consider testimony and evidence on the proposed final determination, and following the hearing, will certify those acres that qualify as Certified Irrigated Acres.  Contact Mike Murphy at the LENRD office for more information.