North Platte NRD Approves Allocation Extension

The North Platte Natural Resource District has extended the district's allocation for one more year. At the North Plate NRD Board meeting Thursday night, board members unanimously approved the decision. North Platte NRD will have five year allocation of 70 inches for the over-appropriated portion of the North Plate NRD excluding the Pumpkin Creek Ground water management area. This will allow ground water irrigators to use their remaining water availability plus 14 inches of water through 2014.

The North Platte NRD sought an extension to allow more time to analyze ground and surface depletion to determine if the district is meeting the goal of getting back to 1997 water levels. The extension will also provide irrigators with additional options during the severe drought.

At the meeting board members acknowledged a letter from the Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District that expressed concern as to how the allocation change would effect meeting the goals of the Integrated Management Plan.

The Department of Natural Resources will also have to approve of the extension before the proposal can go through. If DNR agrees with the NRD the modification will take effect May 11, 2013.

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