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Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 7pm at the NRD office.
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Lincoln's Salt Creek Levee came close to overflowing on May 8, after heavy rain throughout the watershed the night before. Preliminary indications are that the water level in Salt Creek at 27th Street (near 27th & Cornhusker) peaked 2.3 feet higher than during the flood of 1993.

See a collection of random photos taken by the NRD staff on May 8th.

Salt Creek Levee

Trail Damage Update

Homestead Trail DamageHomestead Trail

Storms in early May have caused the closing of portions of the NRD's MoPac East and Homestead recreational trails. We regret the inconvenience to trail users. The NRD is in the process of trying to secure funding help for the repair projects and completion dates are not yet known. The Homestead Trail is closed from Saltillo Road to Firth Road. There is bridge damage and several miles of the trail surface have been washed away. A preliminary NRD estimate of damage to Homestead is $235,000.

A 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. The preliminary NRD estimate for repair to the bridge is over $100,000.


Chemigation Renewal Time

Chemigators (farmers who apply crop chemicals through an irrigation system) can expect to receive chemigation renewal forms via U.S. Mail in early May. The completed forms are due back at the NRD office by June 1st.

NEW chemigators must submit an application with appropriate fees and schedule an inspection of their system by the NRD. A printable application for NEW chemigators is available HERE.

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Red Cedar Gets Renovation

The NRD's Red Cedar Lake, six miles north and two miles west of Valparaiso, is being drawn-down in preparation for construction of a new boat ramp and fishery improvements. The lake level will be kept down until next spring, when the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission will re-stock it with game fish.

Starting May 1st, 2015, length limits on all fish at Red Cedar have been suspended. Daily bag limits will be enforced.

Learn More About the Red Cedar Fish Salvage!

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Red Cedar Lake

Dwight, Valparaiso, Brainard: Click a Map, Find Water!

Results of a 2013 aerial electromagnetic survey (AEM) in the Dwight-Valparaiso-Brainard area are now available. Landowners can learn basic aquifer information about any point in the project area by following the instructions at the link below and clicking on a map! The link also includes instructions for seeing written information.

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