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About the South Platte NRD

Who Are We?

The South Platte Natural Resources District (NRD) is one of 23 NRDs in Nebraska charged with the management, development and protection of soil and water resources. It lies in the southern portion of the Nebraska Panhandle, covering 1.65 million acres in Kimball, Cheyenne and Deuel counties.

The South Platte NRD is involved in a wide variety of projects and programs to conserve and protect the area's natural resources. We are charged under state law with 12 areas of responsibility:

  • erosion prevention and control
  • prevention of damages from flood water and sediment
  • flood prevention and control
  • soil conservation
  • water supply for any beneficial uses
  • development, management, utilization, and conservation of groundwater and surface water
  • pollution control
  • solid waste disposal and drainage
  • drainage improvement and channel rectification
  • development and management of fish and wildlife habitat
  • development and management of recreational and park facilities
  • forestry and range management

Our Mission: Formulate and instigate forward-looking plans and programs through a cooperative process that will provide for the long-term protection and enhancement of the district's natural resources while ensuring that major economic and social impacts are fully considered.


South Platte NRD map

The South Platte NRD is bordered by Wyoming on the west and Colorado on the south. Communities within its borders include Kimball, Sidney, Chappell, Potter, Dix, Bushnell, Dalton, Gurley, Big Springs and Lorenzo. The population of the district for the 1990 and 2000 census was 15,839 and 16,017, respectively. About 73 percent of the district's population reside in cities and villages.

Here is a map showing all of Nebraska's Natural Resources Districts

More About The NRD

Agriculture dominates the economy, with 1.1 million acres devoted to dryland crops. Wheat, millet and corn are the major crops. Dry beans, sugar beets, potatoes, sunflowers, alfalfa and amaranth are grown in rotation.

Groundwater is a vital resource to the district. Homeowners, cities and industry rely on groundwater as their sole source of water. Both groundwater and surface water are used for irrigation. Lodgepole Creek, which runs almost the entire length of the district before draining into the South Platte River, is the predominant watercourse.

The NRD is governed by seven locally elected directors who establish resources management policies and procedures at monthly board meetings. A staff of nine full-time employees work to carry out the objectives established by the board.

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