Middle Niobrara Natural Resources District

Water Resources

At the June 8, 2015 Middle Niobrara Natural Resources District Board of Director's Meeting, the Board approved a 6-month Temporary Stay on the addition of new groundwater irrigated acres, in compliance with Neb. Rev. Stat. 46-707(2). 


The Board also requested that the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources implement a similar 6-month Stay on new surface water irrigated acres.


These temporary Stays went into effect on June 29, 2015. 

At the December 14, 2015 Board of Director's Meeting, it was determined the Stays should be continued until the completion of the Integrated Management Plan for the District.

Click here to access the updated NRD Groundwater Quantity/Quality Regulations.
Ambient Water Sample Collection
Nitrate Sampling
Static Water Levels
Static water levels are measured every Spring and Fall at 150 designated monitoring and irrigation wells.  This data is used to monitor the water level before and after irrigation season and to 
estimate recharge rates.  This data is also shared with other agencies for use in understanding how aquifer systems work and to monitor long-term changes in groundwater.  For current results, 
contact the MNNRD office or visit http://waterdata.usgs.gov
Nitrogen Certification Classes

Water Programs Supervisor Tim Storm offers nitrogen management certification classes each Spring in Ainsworth and Valentine. This course is required for everyone applying fertilizer to crop fields.  Certification is valid for four years and is offered in conjunction with the UNL extension chemigation applicator certification classes.