The Nebraska Legislature enacted laws in 1972 to combine 154 special purpose entities into 23 NRDs. These districts are unique to Nebraska. NRDs are local government entities with broad responsibilities to protect out natural resources. Major Nebraska river basins form the boundaries, enabling districts to respond best to local needs.
Elected boards of directors govern districts. Much of their funding comes from local property taxes. In many cases, your local natural resources district typically uses 1 to 2 percent of all property taxes collected in the county.
NRDs help Nebraskans respond to natural resource challenges with local control and local solutions. Often, they build partnerships with other agencies and organizations, including the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Nebraska Natural Resources Commission, other state and federal agencies, municipalities, counties and private organizations.
The Nebraska Association of Resources Districts is the trade association for Nebraska's 23 natural resources districts. NARD has four full-time employees, and is governed by a 23-Board made up of directors from individual districts. NARD is funded by contributions from the NRDs. NARD assists NRDs in a coordinated effort to accomplish collectively what may not be accomplished individually to conserve, sustain, and improve our natural resources and environment.
Links to Nebraska NRD Websites