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Integrated Management

 

The NRD 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."

The IMP requires an annual report of activity over the last year related to IMP goals and objectives. It also requires an annual review by the NRD and NeDNR of the entire plan to be held as a public meeting, where public comment on the plan is encouraged. Details about annual meetings can be found on our Home page about one month prior to the meeting each year. Here is a link to the Power Point presented at the annual public meeting that detailed NRD and NeDNR activities in 2015. Contact us if you have questions.

Some IMPs 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 likely be the most critical and challenging to satisfy. The three goals in the IMP are to achieve a sustainable water supply, 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 its and the Department of Natural Resources regulatory and non-regulatory authorities such as information and education, incentives and collaboration to achieve sustainable implementation.

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