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nerain_logoThe Nebraska Rainfall Assessment and Information Network (NeRAIN) collects rainfall information all across Nebraska. Click logo to see rain reports.

The network needs volunteers to collect and report rainfall amounts. To participate, e-mail NeRAIN Coordinator Tyler Sanders or call him at (308) 254-2377.

Many SPNRD projects and programs are made possible thanks to Nebraska Environmental Trust grants. To learn more about NET's comittment to Nebraska's natural resources, click here.

The South Platte NRD Board of Directors is a group of locally elected officials managing area natural resources on your behalf. The board meets the second Tuesday of each month and welcomes your input.

The next scheduled board meeting is:
Tuesday, March 9, 2021
5 p.m. at the SPNRD Conference Room - 551 Parkland Dr, Sidney, NE
Click here to see board agendas and minutes.


The South Platte NRD will be holding a public hearing March 18, 2021 for discussion on the restated Rules and Regulations. Public interested in presenting testimony on the proposed amendments to the Districtwide Ground Water Management Area Rules and Regulations are welcome.

Public Hearing will be held at Country Inn and Suites, 664 Chase Boulevard, Sidney, NE at 6:30 p.m or 30 minutes after the information session, whichever s later. The information session will be held at 5:00 p.m. To view the draft copy of the Rules and Regulations, please click the link below.

Please contact the District offices at 308-254-2377 with any questions.

Draft Copy of Rules and Regulations



COVID-19 / Coronavirus Precautions - Updates to Oliver Reservoir and other SPNRD recreation areas

Currently Open, but exercising caution:

Please see the SPNRD Recreation Page for more details. 

SPNRD Recreation Page link: CLICK HERE 


COVID-19 / Coronavirus Precautions

Current SPNRD Operating Status:

The SPNRD has opted to stay open to conduct District Operations.

We have canceled all Board Room Reservations for meetings that are not SPNRD related in our building for now.

We ask that everyone follow CDC recommendations with regards to coming into our office, and will monitor visitors for signs of illness as they come through the door.

We ask anyone experiencing cough, fever, difficulty breathing, or any other illness related symptom to contact our office via phone or email instead of face-to-face interactions.

We are here to serve the community, and appreciate everyone's understanding as we try to do our part in social distancing and precautionary measures.


CANCELED - Oliver Reservoir Health Alert

SPNRD Recreation Page

Health Alert for Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs), also known as Toxic Algae

For more information please visit the SPNRD Recreation Page or the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy (NDEE) page


Irrigation and Nitrogen Management

User Education/Certification Program

To take the online training please go to:

For more information please visit the SPNRD Groundwater Quality page or click HERE.


 Western Water Use Managment (WWUM) Modeling Information

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conservation tree rows see our video:


Integrated Management Plan
*Final copy of the SPNRD IMP*



Click Here for the Integrated Management Plan.


Below is the NeDNR website page. Background information on the Integrated Management Plan can be found here.


This second increment Integrated Management Plan (IMP) was adopted by the South Platte Natural
Resources District on August 6, 2019, and by the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources on August 9,
2019. This IMP became effective on September 11, 2019.


This IMP was prepared by the Board of Directors of the South Platte Natural Resources District (SPNRD or
District), the Department of Natural Resources (NeDNR), and an Integrated Management Plan Stakeholder
Work Group in accordance with Neb. Rev. Stat. §§ 46-715 through 46-720.



Basin-Wide Plan

*Basin-Wide Plan for Joint Integrated Water Resources Management of Overappropriated Portions of the Platte River Basin, Nebraska by North Platte, South Platte, Central Platte, Twin Platte, and Tri-Basin Natural Resources Districts and Nebraska Department of Natural Resources*


To see the Basin-Wide Plan visit this website:


Effective Date and Time Frame of the Basin-Wide Plan:
This second increment of the Upper Platte River Basin-Wide Plan became effective on September
11, 2019, for NeDNR, CPNRD, NPNRD, SPNRD, and TPNRD; and on September 17, 2019, for
TBNRD. The time frame to implement the Plan is ten years, spanning from the effective date of
the Plan to no later than September 11, 2029, for NeDNR, CPNRD, NPNRD, SPNRD, and TPNRD;
and on September 17, 2019, for TBNRD.


Neb. Rev. Stat. §46-715(5) requires in any river basin that is designated as overappropriated, when
the designated area lies within two or more natural resources districts, that NeDNR and the
affected NRDs shall jointly develop and adopt a basin-wide plan for the area designated as



Information/Powerpoint Presentation

given at the July 17, 2019 Public Hearing:

*IMP and Basin-Wide Plan*

Pre-Hearing Information Session Click Here.


Water Modeling Software Available

Adaptive Resources, Inc. has created modeling software for the South Platte NRD and the residents in the District. This appliation allows the SPNRD to display information about the District's technical activities to the public through interactive maps and information.

Additional Note: these WebApps work best in Google Chrome, Firefox and Microsoft Edge. Users will probably not be able to use these applications in Microsoft Internet Explorer.


(Joint East Sidney Watershed Authority)

Construction for the Joint East Sidney Watershed Authority Project has completed.           

The City of Sidney and the South Platte Natural Resources District (SPNRD) partnered in this effort to manage/reduce flooding and provide water quality benefits. 

The East side of Sidney has a natural flood-path that brings water down from the I-80 interstate.  While water does drain across some agriculture ground it also drains across commercial and residential developments.  This runoff can contain high concentrations of sediment, phosphorus, nitrogen, oil, grease and other pollutants.  Water then runs through populated areas and can cause dangerous conditions and property damage.  The improvements being developed will redirect much of that water back to the Lodgepole Creek while also providing a filtration of the runoff water. 

Vegetated bioswales (canals) and bioretention (ponds) will slow water while removing sediment, reducing soil erosion and filtering pollutants as it drains.  A fully functioning bioswale can remove up to 20%-40% of pollutants and sediment from runoff. 

Please direct your questions to the City of Sidney offices and the SPNRD office. 


Public Notices

The meetings of the various boards, committees and advisory groups performing their functions on behalf of the South Platte Natural Resources District are meetings where business is discussed in open session, except where provided by state law. The District Board of Directors encourages members of the public to attend such meetings and provide input as to the management of natural resources in the southern Panhandle.

To see meeting notices, click here.


Conservation Trees Available

Beginning October 2020 the South Platte Natural Resources District is ready to receive orders for Conservation Trees.

Conservation trees and shrubs are a great way to buffer noise and provide privacy and beauty to the landscape.  Every year the Natural Resources Districts from across the State of Nebraska help to plant nearly a million trees.  Over four million trees have been planted in the South Platte NRD since 1977.

Several varieties of bareroot trees are available.  The Colorado Blue Spruce and Ponderosa Pine along with Black Walnut and Cottonwood are just some of the Conifers and Deciduous trees available for purchase again this year.  Shrub choices include Chokecherry and Lilac along with several others.  Each of the bareroot Conifers, Deciduous, and Shrubs are $1.15 each with a minimum order of 10 per species.

Hefty Root Plus, previously called Regular Potted Trees, will be available at $2.45 each, minimum order of 10 per species and Hefty Root, previously called Small Potted Trees will be available at $1.70 each, minimum 10 per species.

If unsure what trees or shrubs would be the most effective in the space available or what each tree or shrub looks like, visit  The website has pictures of available species with descriptions of the average height and suggested spacing between trees and rows for effective planting.  There are even charts that tell if the tree or shrub is native to one of four zones in Nebraska and whether it is suggested to plant in each zone.  Conservation Trees for Nebraska books are available for free at the District offices during normal business hours.

The South Platte NRD and NRCS offices provide assistance with tree and shrub planting plans and have a list of contractors who have been certified in the handling and planting of trees and shrubs.  There is also information about cost share opportunities and other services available on this website by clicking Conservation Trees or by stopping by the District offices at 551 Parkland Dr. in Sidney.

For a 2021 tree order form, click here. (PDF file)
For your convenience, you can type your order on the form, then print and mail it, or save it and email it to


2019 District Conservation Award Winners Honored

On Tuesday, November 12th, 2019 the South Platte Natural Resources District (SPNRD), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Extension hosted an Awards Ceremony for the 2019 Conservation Award Winners.  In 2019, 4 area award winners are being recognized; the Conservation Farm Award, Grassland Management Award, the Tree Planter/Caretaker Award and the Environmental Educator Award.  The winners of these awards make a difference in our District.  Their outstanding efforts set them apart from their peers and their management practices create a sustainable and long lasting environmental benefit.  The criteria met for these producers is not based solely on the cost-share received on their operation, but on their enthusiasm and commitment to creating a better place for everyone.  Each year we gather to celebrate their efforts and recognize their hard work.  We are pleased to announce the 2019 District Conservation Award Winners!


2019 Conservation Farm Award

Mark and Jennifer Ernest & Pat and DeAnn Ernest

2019 Grassland Management Award

CN Cattle Co., LLC & Easterly Land & Cattle, Inc.



2019 Tree Planter/Caretaker Award

Sutton Tree Service, LLC


2019 Environmental Educator Award

Tammy Sherman




Conservation Awards Background:

Every year the SPNRD, along with the NRCS and the UNL Extension Office, select District Conservation Award Winners.  These individuals and groups within our District are selected based on their continued commitment to conservation stewardship.  The District has 5 possible awards each year, though not all may be filled each year.  These awards are The Conservation Farm Award, The Community Environmental Impact Award, The Environmental Educator Award, The Grassland Management Award, and The Tree Planter/Caretaker Award.  Anyone can make a nomination for these awards.  For more information on these awards or any program offered at the SPNRD please call Shelly Sutherland, Information & Education Coordinator at the SPNRD, at 308-254-2377; visit us at 551 Parkland Dr, Sidney NE.





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