LLNRD Board Approves New Groundwater Management Rules

The Lower Loup Natural Resources District has approved new groundwater management rules governing both water quality and quantity.  Lower Loup NRD General Manager Russell Callan said the Board gave unanimous approval to the new rules following a public hearing during their monthly board meeting on April 25th, including a new regulation which allows the LLNRD to create water quantity or quality sub-areas. 

Callan said the LLNRD directors okayed the rule that said boundaries for a sub-area could be based on county, township, or any other political subdivision boundary.  The boundary could also be based on a geographical boundary or any boundary deemed necessary by the LLNRD. Callan said the rule would allow water management to focus on more specific areas if needed, rather than the current multi-county water quality or quantity areas employed by the district.

Callan said that other new rules would outline requirements for flow meters, water use and accounting for community, industrial or commercial entities.  Another change to the regulations outlines the district’s access to wells and flow meters.   Following notification to the landowner by NRD personnel, those staff members may access private property to inspect or repair equipment.

There was no public testimony regarding the new rules.  Written testimony from the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources and the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality were part of the record.

The Lower Loup NRD Groundwater Rules and Regulations are available here.  Those with questions regarding the regulations can contact the NRD headquarters at (308) 728-3221.

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