Open House Held for South Loup Water Project

Landowners and residents of the South Loup Basin had a chance to review and comment on elements of a management plan for the South Loup River Watershed at the Callaway Community Center in Callaway on  April 5th. The open house was hosted by the Lower Loup, Upper Loup, Central Platte, and Twin Platte Natural Resources Districts and the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality.

About 40 people had the opportunity to view a series of poster boards with results of the year-long study of the South Loup area. Experts were on hand to answer questions and a short presentation provided additional details on the status of the Watershed Plan.  JEO Consulting Group, who is assisting with the planning effort,  presented a summary of the project findings, including potential pollutant sources, prioritization of Best Management Practices (BMP), and water augmentation/recharge modeling results.  Click here for a pdf version of the power point from the meeting.

Completion of the plan will give the various agencies insight on the challenges they face to protect water quality and quantity in the South Loup River Basin. The plan will identify conservation practices that protect both groundwater and surface water within the basin.

The South Loup River Watershed covers over 1 million acres and is devoted to agricultural uses including farming, grazing and feeding operations.  It includes 6 communities, 2 community lakes and multiple recreational uses.  There are over 230 stream miles in the basin.

Water quality issues are a concern for both groundwater nitrate levels and in-stream e Coli bacteria levels.  The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality has also labeled several locations on the South Loup River as impaired. 

For more information, contact Tylr Naprstek at the Lower Loup NRD at 308-728-3221.