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Next NRD Board Meeting:
Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 7pm at the NRD office.

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Cottontail to get Ramp Improvements

The NRD began drawing down its Cottontail Lake, one mile north of Martell on August 26th to accommodate planned boat ramp improvements by a contractor next month. The work will allow better use of the ramp during low-water periods. The lake will be drawn-down about four feet and the property and lake will remain open throughout the duration of the project, however, the boat ramp will not be usable after the draw-down. Cottontail is one of eight flood control lakes the NRD also manages for public recreation.

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Cottontail Lake

IMP Gets First Public Review

The NRD and the NE Department of Natural Resources implemented an Integrated Management Plan (IMP) for surface and ground water across the district in 2014 and on August 20th we reviewed the implementation of that plan with the public. An annual report has been compiled of what we've done in the first year and what we plan to do over the next two years. Take a look and contact us if you have comments or suggestions. Here is a link to the Power Point presented that evening.

2014 Annual Integrated Management Plan Report

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IMP Public Meeting
General Manager Glenn Johnson presents information about the NRD's first year of implementing the District's Integrated Management Plan at a public meeting August 20. Amy Zoller, integrated water management coordinator with the NE Department of Natural Resources also presented. It was the first meeting of its kind in Nebraska.

Trail Damage Update

Homestead TrailHomestead Trail at Saltillo Road

The NRD has hired Olsson Associates to plan and oversee repairs to the NRD's Homestead and MoPac East trails, after storm damage occurred in May. A completion date for the repairs is not yet known. Twelve miles of the Homestead Trail remains closed from Saltillo Road to Firth Road. The MoPac East bridge near Fletcher Avenue, northeast of Elmwood, has also sustained severe damage and MoPac East is closed from Fletcher Avenue to the east end of the trail at Wabash; a distance of less than two miles. We regret the inconvenience to trail users and appreciate your cooperation. In all, the NRD has reported about $1.5 million in storm damages to FEMA, including damages to trails, streambanks and dams and repairs are progressing.


Budget Approved

The NRD Board of Directors approved a FY 2016 Budget when it met on August 19th. The balanced budget of revenues and expenditures totals $25,247,907. Approximately $1.5 million is included for the repair of NRD projects damaged in early-spring storms. A 3% increase in the property tax requirement and cuts of new programs from an earlier draft of the budget are helping to accommodate the storm damage repairs to the Salt Creek levee, Antelope Creek, various NRD flood control dams and to two NRD trails.

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