Middle Niobrara
                    Natural Resources District

Long Pine Creek Watershed Project

The Long Pine Creek Watershed is located in north central Nebraska on the northeastern edge of the Nebraska Sandhills.  It encompasses 332,000 acres with much agricultural use.  Perennial streams in the watershed include Long Pine Creek with its major tributaries being Short Pine Creek, Bone Creek, Sand Draw Creek, and Willow Creek.  The towns in the area are Ainsworth and Long Pine. 



Two creeks are listed as Impaired Streams Identified for Management Actions in Nebraska's 2015 Nonpoint Source Management Plan, listed on the 303(d) impaired water list for E. coli and temperature.


The ultimate vision in the watershed is to locally manage, restore, and maintain the watershed by reducing erosive forces, turbidity, and pollutants to improve habitat and stabilize stream flows. 


Nebraska Environmental Trust, and the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality is helping fund these efforts.  


The press release concerning funding approval can be viewed here.


The Middle Niobrara Natural Resources District is working with JEO Consulting, Inc. and a group of stakeholders to complete this project.  Please click on the following links for more information.  Much of the project representation is reflected by involved landowners, county officials, Ainsworth Irrigation District, USDA NRCS, NDEQ, and the NARD.


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Introduction Powerpoint --------------------------------------------- Click here


Project Schedule ------------------------------------------------------- Click here


Long Pine Creek Watershed Project Overview --------------------- Click here


Project Area Map ------------------------------------------------------ Click here


Long Pine Creek Watershed Water Quality Management Plan -- click here


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Public Meetings


Meeting #1

Agenda and Map from Stakeholder Meeting #1


Stakeholder Meeting # 1 Powerpoint



Meeting #2

This was held Thursday, June 2nd at 6:00pm in the Ainsworth Community Center.



Agenda & Map ------------------------------------------------------------------ Click here

PowerPoint slides --------------------------------------------------------------- Click here


Currently the project implementation plan is awaiting approval by the EPA.

For more information or if you have any questions please contact the office at (402)-376-3241.

Viewing the concept boards and print outs at the second public meeting in Ainsworth!