Nelson Retires From LLNRD Board After 47 Years

A Cairo man was recognized for 47 years of service to the Lower Loup Natural Resources District at the NRD Board of Directors meeting on July 25th.  Jim Nelson retired as the Lower Loup NRD’s last original Board Member, beginning his service when the NRD system started in 1972.  In fact, Nelson is the last Director in the entire state of Nebraska to serve from day one of the NRD system.

Nelson, who lives on the banks of the Middle Loup River, north of Cairo, has served the LLNRD in a variety of ways, including as Board Vice-Chairman from 1997 to 2004.  He has served on the District’s Water Resources Committee and Variance Committee.  He also represented surface water irrigators in the Loup River Basin on the Nebraska Water Policy Task Force in 2002-2003.  Nelson represented Subdistrict 3, which includes parts of Custer, Sherman, Howard and Buffalo Counties.

Jim Nelson of Cairo retired from the Lower Loup NRD Board of Directors on July 25, 2019.

At the July 25th meeting, the Lower Loup NRD Board of Directors passed a resolution honoring Nelson for his dedication to the NRD and to the conservation of natural resources; and presented him with an award for his service.

LLNRD General Manager Russ Callan thanked Nelson for his service and said that the District has benefited from Nelson’s many years of leadership and experience on the NRD Board as well as his passion and commitment to protecting our water and land resources for future generations.