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Ground Water Cost-Sharing Programs

Community Water System Protection Area The NRD offers cost-sharing programs designed to protect and better manage ground water. In most cases, they’ll also assure better crops while saving you money.

Whether a landowner is eligible for an NRD cost-sharing program depends on the location of the land they want to improve. If the land is within a Phase II or Phase III ground water management area (GWMA) designated by the NRD or a community water system protection area (CWSPA), the available cost-sharing programs and terms may be different than if the land is outside those areas. Use the Ground Water Cost-Sharing Map below to help you access information about the NRD cost-sharing programs for which your land is eligible.

  • Double click on the map below to zoom in, or use the +/- buttons at upper left to zoom in/out. Click and drag to move laterally. More details will appear on the map as you zoom in. When section lines appear, a single click will show location information about that section.
  • Use the finder field at upper right to zoom the map to a specific address. You must use street address, city, state. Example: 3125 Portia St., Lincoln, NE (You may need to zoom out by clicking the "-" box at upper left, depending on how much map data is available for that area.)
    You can also zoom to an area using street/highway names or intersections. Example: NW 70th St. & W Agnew Rd., Raymond, NE.
  • When you locate the land you want to improve, single click to show information and a link to the proper cost-sharing packet for that location (some information pop-ups have two pages). You can also note whether the land is in a shaded area of the map and what color it is, then continue down this page to download the proper cost-sharing packet.

On the Ground Water Cost-Sharing Map above, the land I want to improve is shaded (click on one):

Blue - Lower Salt Creek Ground Water Reservoir
Gray - Community Water System Protection Area
Red - Phase Three Ground Water Management Area
Non-Shaded (white) - Cost-sharing programs offered District Wide


Ground water cost-sharing programs are custom designed by the NRD especially for this District and, in some cases, whether a program is offered in a certain area of the District depends on whether that area is a designated GWMA or CWSPA. The amount of NRD cost-sharing available to landowners under a program may also depend on the location of the land. Below are the programs we offer, followed by brief descriptions.

Spring Nitrogen Application - Applying nitrogen fertilizer in the spring, as opposed to the fall, reduces the chance of ground water pollution.

Fertilizer Meter Program - Allows the even application of only as much anhydrous ammonia as a crop will use, minimizing the leaching of nutrient into the ground water supply and reducing operator costs.

Soil Sampling Program - Analyzing soil to determine the amount of nutrients present allows landowners and operators to adjust the amount of fertilizer they apply, saving them money and reducing the potential for polluting ground water.

Irrigation Management Assistance Program - Encourages making irrigation systems more water use efficient, using best management practices established by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Water Meter Program - Meters measure the flow of water from a pumping well. Benefits include the ability to monitor well pumping capacity and the accumulation of data for making good management decisions in the future. Meters are required throughout the District on wells capable of pumping more than 50 gallons per minute and the landowner must annually report to the District the total amount of water pumped.

Water Meter Maintenance Program - If your water meter ever needs repairs or maintenance we'll help pay the bill. Maintenance work done by a certified meter distributor on any water meter in the District is eligible.

Well Decommissioning Program - The proper decommissioning (filling) of abandoned wells keeps people and animals safe, while also protecting the ground water from possible contamination. Upon receiving an application, the NRD will contact the landowner about an inspection of the well site.  Upon approval the landowner may then contact a licensed well driller and have the well decommissioned.  The NRD will make reimbursement to the landowner using established payment rates (see application).

Ultrasonic Meter Program - The District has ultrasonic flow meter equipment NRD staff will install free of charge to measure well flow. Use this program to check the pumping capacity of smaller wells or the accuracy of your own meter. Contact the NRD.


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