Integrated Management

Integrated Management

Integrated Management

Integrated Management
Integrated Management

LPSNRD and the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources (NeDNR) have taken a proactive, comprehensive approach to sustaining the future water needs in the District through adoption of a voluntary Integrated Management Plan (IMP). Two other studies preceded development of the plan; a Water Balance Study of the District and Water for the Future: Stakeholder Perspectives. These documents are all available in the attachments.

Some Integrated Management Plans in Nebraska focus on management of the hydrologically-connected ground and surface waters, however, the Lower Platte South plan is focused on integrating the management of all of the water supplies and uses within the entire district. Agriculture irrigation is an important water use in those areas of the district where sufficient ground water is available but is not expected to expand significantly in the near future. With a growing urban and suburban population, domestic and commercial water uses will be both critical and challenging to satisfy.

The three goals in the Integrated Management Plan are to achieve a sustainable water supply, for management to ensure the supply is available when and where needed, and to support water use and conservation that optimizes water use benefits. With limited surface water sources, highly erodible ground water supplies and the geographic reality of the downstream location in the river basin, the IMP includes the anticipated need to look outside District boundaries to collaborate and cooperate on future water supply expansion. The District will need to make full use of it and the Department of Natural Resources regulatory and non-regulatory authorities such as information and education, incentives, and collaboration to achieve sustainable implementation.

The Integrated Management Plan requires an annual report of activity over the last year related to IMP goals and objectives. It also requires an annual review by LPSNRD and NeDNR of the entire plan to be held as a public meeting, where public comment on the plan is encouraged. The annual meeting presentation and annual report from 2016 is provided below.