LLNRD Receives Applications For 4,099 New Acres

October 01, 2018


Applications for 4,099 new irrigated acres across three river basins have been received by the Lower Loup Natural Resources District.  There were 67 total applications across the North Loup, Beaver Creek, and Middle Loup River Basins.

Lower Loup NRD General Manager Russell Callan said that the next step in the application process is a visit to each of the fields where new acres are requested.  NRD technicians will photograph each field and look at soil types, field slopes, and other factors.  Those reports will be examined by the LLNRD Water Resources Committee and a recommendation will be made to the NRD Board of Directors for approval or denial.

In the North Loup Basin, there were 23 applications, requesting an average 57 new acres.  There were 25 applications in the Beaver Creek Basin, requesting an average of 57 new acres.  In the Middle Loup basin, there were 19 applications requesting an average of 68 new acres.

The Lower Loup NRD Board approved 2,500 new irrigated acres in the district.   In the North Loup Basin, 1,250 irrigated acres will be granted; in the Middle Loup Basin, 500 acres will be offered; and in the Plum Creek, Beaver Creek and lower portion of the Loup Basins, 750 new irrigated acres will be available.  

The top scoring applications, up to the number allowed in that basin, will be considered for approval by the NRD Board. Callan said that entire process will be complete by December 1st, when landowners will be notified of their application’s outcome.  Those landowners receiving new irrigated acres must certify them with the NRD by July 1, 2019.

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