In an effort to remain proactive in the management of our groundwater, flow meters are required on all active irrigation wells within the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District (LENRD) by January 1, 2018.
The LENRD secured grants to assist landowners with the expense of this requirement. Funding is limited, and the deadline to apply for cost-share is Friday, June 30th, 2017. Contact your local NRCS office or the LENRD to apply.
The LENRD received a grant from Nebraska’s Water Sustainability Fund (WSF), administered by the Nebraska Natural Resources Commission, to assist landowners with the purchase of flow meters. With the WSF grant, the LENRD will pay producers $500 per flow meter. All producers who have installed flow meters on or after November 25th, 2015, or producers who have yet to install their flow meters, can apply for the $500 incentive payments until the funds run out. Application for the flow meter cost-share can be completed by visiting your local NRCS office or the LENRD office in Norfolk.
LENRD Assistant General Manager, Brian Bruckner, said, “These incentives are available for producers on a first-come, first-served basis. There is enough grant money to cost-share on 3,000 meters. Therefore, it’s very important that producers apply at their local NRCS office or the LENRD office by June 30th, 2017.”
The LENRD has approved seven meters for installation. LENRD Projects Manager, Curt Becker, said, “The change in our Groundwater Management Area rules and regulations also requires anyone installing a flow meter within the LENRD to attend an installation training session to become a certified installer.” A list of the approved meters as well as a list of the LENRD Certified Flow Meter Installation Contractors can be found on the district’s website. These contractors have already completed the required flow meter installation training. Becker added, “If you do not want to become certified to install your own meter, you must select a certified installer from the list.” If you would like to be trained to install your own flow meter, please contact the LENRD at 402.371.7313.