Lower Platte South
Natural Resources District
protecting lives, protecting property, protecting the future

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Private sector layout
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ground water
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Phase Two and Three Areas
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Certify Irrigated Acres
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Integrated Management
Integrated Management Plan
Water Balance Study
Water for the Future
community assistance
conservation easement

Phase Two

The NRD Board of Directors has designated eight Phase Two Ground Water Management Areas in the District; the Lower Salt Creek Ground Water Management Area, designated in 2001; the Valparaiso Community Water System Protection Area (CWSPA), designated in 2004; and the Davey, Hickman, Pleasent Dale, Union, Weeping Water, and Otoe County Rural Water District #3 CWSPAs, designated in 2009. Elevated levels of nitrates from non-point sources prompted all of the designations.

Landowners or operators who make nitrogen management decisions within designated Phase Two areas may be required to attend a Nitrogen Certification Class every four years. The NRD will correspond to determine who needs to attend.

Phase Two Rules & Regulations (quality only)

  • 50% of wells in the monitoring network must be at or above 50% of the MCL*
  • Designation must be preceded by a two-year verification study
  • All Phase One rules and regulations continue
  • Require educational certification for persons engaged in the use, application and storage of the contaminant(s).
  • Increased cost-share on best management practices for targeted area.
    Review the effectiveness of Phase Two annually.

*MCL - Maximum Contaminant Level - The maximum amount of a pollutant that is safe for human consumption, as established by the federal Environmental Protection Agency.