PUBLIC HEARING Scheduled Regarding a District-Wide Change to the Upper Big Blue NRD's RULE 5 for Water Quantity
YORK, NE -- A Public Hearing concerning proposed changes to the District’s Rule 5 is scheduled for April 23, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. at the York Holiday Inn (I-80 & HWY 81 south of York, Nebraska). From 7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. an informational meeting will take place outlining the reasons proposed for the rule changes, and to also allow the public to ask questions. Beginning at 7:30 p.m. public testimony will commence and be recorded. The two proposed changes are regarding groundwater transfers and artesian well migration/abatement.
The Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District Proposes New Rules for Groundwater Transfers and Artesian Wells:
As far as existing artesian wells are concerned, discussion will address uncontrolled artesian well flow, artesian well flow in relation to possible future allocations of irrigated acres if the groundwater table reaches the allocation trigger, and proper abandonment of artesian wells. Rule changes are also proposed for proper well construction in areas that have artesian conditions.
In regard to groundwater transfers, possible changes to Rule 5 would include prohibiting transfers into, or out of the government survey sections in designated areas in the District. In other words, the rule change could include enactment of Groundwater Transfer Limitation Areas where groundwater should not be transferred into, or out of specific areas where geological conditions have with limited groundwater. The proposed rule changes and a map are available for viewing online at www.upperbigblue.org and at the Upper Big Blue NRD office, 105 N. Lincoln Avenue, York, Nebraska.
The Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District (NRD) protects lives, property and the future of this area through a wide-range of stewardship, management and education programs—from flood control to groundwater monitoring, from irrigation management to outdoor recreation and more. From time to time, the Board of Directors deem it necessary to review existing rules for modification, and/or establish new rules to maintain proper stewardship in order to protect the quality and quantity Nebraska’s natural resources.
Activities and projects of the Upper Big Blue NRD are reviewed and approved by a locally elected Board of Directors. The Upper Big Blue NRD is one of 23 Natural Resources Districts across the state. For more information, visit www.upperbigblue.org or call (402) 362-6601.