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PUBLIC MEETINGS AND BUSINESS NOTICES
SOUTH PLATTE NATURAL RESOURCES DISTRICT
      

South Platte NRD Meeting
The South Platte Natural Resources District (District) will a Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.  The meeting will be held at the principal office of the District, 551 Parkland Drive, Sidney, NE. The agenda for the meeting shall be kept continually current and shall be readily available for public inspection during normal business hours at the principal office of the District located at the above address.  Any person with disabilities who needs help in participating in the meeting should contact the District office (308) 254-2377 before the meetings. 

The South Platte Natural Resources District (District) will hold the following meetings: 1) Natural Resources/Projects and Programs Committee, Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.; and 2) Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.  The meetings will be held at the principal office of the District, 551 Parkland Drive, Sidney, Nebraska.  The agendas for the meetings shall be kept continually current and shall be available for public inspection during normal business hours at the principal office of the District located at the above address.  Any person with disabilities who needs help in participating in the meeting should contact the District office (308) 254-2377, before the meeting.

 

SPNRD to hold Public Hearing
Thursday, April 19, 2018

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
SOUTH PLATTE NATURAL RESOURCES DISTRICT

Pursuant to the Nebraska Ground Water Management and Protection Act (Neb. Rev. Stat. §§ 46-701 to 46-754), the South Platte Natural Resources District (SPNRD) provides notice that it will hold a public hearing on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 6:30 p.m., or 30 minutes following the end of a public information session, whichever is later, at the Western Nebraska Community College (WNCC) - Sidney, 371 College Drive, Sidney, Nebraska, to consider the proposed Amended and Restated Districtwide Ground Water Management Area Rules and Regulations (the Rules). The geographic area of the management area, which includes the proposed amended controls, is all of the land area located within the boundaries of the SPNRD, which includes all of Kimball, Cheyenne and Deuel Counties and as shown on the map attached to the Rules as Appendix B.  All interested persons may appear at the hearing and present testimony or provide other evidence relevant to the issues being considered.  A public information session concerning the above will be held at 5:00 p.m. on the same date and location.   

A general description of all controls proposed for amendment and for the contents of the Rules proposed for amendment are as follows: A) delete Rule number 6.4 from the Table of Contents and renumber accordingly; B) revise Appendix C to reflect the 2016 through 2018 Allocation Period; C) the addition of Appendix C1 to reflect the preliminary range for the 2019 through 2021 Allocation amounts in Subareas A, B, C, D, E and F; D) amends the definition of Training Certification, Rule number 4.87; E) amendment to Rule 6.2, Permit to Construct a Water Well; F) on page 18, deletes Rules 6.4 and 6.4.1. involving Training Certification, and the following Rules are renumbered accordingly; G) revise Rule 6.6.1.1 to reflect the 2016 through 2018 Allocation Period and Allocation amounts; H) adds proposed Rule 6.6.1.2: preliminary Allocation amounts in Acre-Inches by Subarea for the 2019 through 2021 Allocation Period, which are as follows:

For the purpose of discussion at the public hearing, Allocations are preliminarily set at a range in Acre-Inches for each Subarea for the 2019 through 2021 Allocation Period as follows:

Subarea A – Wyoming State Line to Oliver Reservoir (Road 27)                       Range  = 36” to 42”
Subarea B – Oliver Reservoir (Road 27) to Buffalo Bend (Road 87)                  Range  = 36” to 42”
Subarea C – Buffalo Bend (Road 87) to Sidney (Road 115)                              Range  = 36” to 42”
Subarea D – Sidney (Road 115) to Colorado State Line                                    Range  = 36” to 48”
Subarea E – South Platte Valley                                                                      Range  = 36” to 48”
Subarea F – Tablelands                                                                                   Range  = 33” to 39”

When the Board determines the final amount of the Allocations after the public hearing and receiving written comments, the Allocations for each Subarea shall be a specific number of Acre-Inches for each Subarea, and not a range of Acre-Inches for each Subarea.

In addition, proposed Rule 6.6.1.2.1 provides for Allocations in Subareas A, B, C, D, E and F for a three (3) year Allocation Period; and proposed Rule 6.6.1.2.1.1 provides that in 2021, the Board will set Allocations for a new three (3) year Allocation Period, to commence in 2022 for all Subareas;

I) Also, for the purpose of discussion at the public hearing, amended Rule 6.6.1.4 preliminarily sets the Carryforward and Carryforward Cap range between ten (10) and sixteen (16) Acre-Inches following the three (3) year Allocation Period in Subareas A, B, C, D, E and F, and every Allocation Period thereafter.   

When the Board determines the final amount of the Carryforward and the cap on the amount of Carryforward (“Carryforward Cap”) after the public hearing and receiving written comments, the Carryforward and Carryforward Cap shall be a specific number of Acre-Inches, and not a range of Acre-Inches for the Carryforward and Carryforward Cap;

J) On page 36 of the proposed amended rules and regulations, adds Training Certification requirement language to Rules numbered 7.2.1 and 7.2.1.1; K) adds Rule 7.3.1, “In a Phase II Quality Management Subarea, all requirements in Phase I will be met,” and the following Rules are renumbered accordingly; L) adds to Rule 7.7.4, “In addition, the Board, in its sole discretion, may determine to maintain the Quality Management Subarea designation, but to remove the Training Certification requirement.”     

Individuals with disabilities who wish to attend the hearing may request auxiliary aids and service necessary for participation by contacting the SPNRD by April 16, 2018. Testimony or other evidence relevant to the purposes of the hearing may also be submitted in writing to the South Platte Natural Resources District, 551 Parkland Drive, P.O. Box 294, Sidney, Nebraska 69162-0294, or by electronic mail to the SPNRD at rlhorn@spnrd.org by 5:00 p.m., Friday, April 27, 2018.

For further information regarding the proposed amendments to the rules and regulations, or for the full text of said proposed Amended and Restated Districtwide Ground Water Management Area Rules and Regulations, refer to the SPNRD website at http://www.spnrd.org, or contact the SPNRD at 551 Parkland Drive, Sidney, Nebraska, or contact the SPNRD at (308) 254-2377.

Following the public hearing on the proposed amendments to the rules and regulations, the SPNRD Board of Directors will make a decision within 90 days to set the Allocation amount for each Subarea and the Carryforward and Carryforward Cap amounts in specific Acre-Inches and not a range of Acre-Inches and whether to adopt, with or without modifications, the proposed amendments to the Districtwide Ground Water Management Area Rules and Regulations.