In 1969, the Natural Resources District legislation was signed into law to combine Nebraska's 154 special purpose entities into 24 Natural Resource Districts. Involved in the passage and signing of the bill to create Natural Resources Districts in Nebraska were the following men: Harold Siek, Herman Link, Chet Ellis, Senator Maurice Kremer, Governor Norbert Tiemann, Warren Patefield, Milton Fricke, and Warren Fairchild. The Natural Resources District came in existence on July 1, 1972, to begin protection efforts such as water conservation, tree planting, acre certification, groundwater management plans and cost share programs.
The Upper Elkhorn NRD protects the natural resources of Antelope County, Holt County, Rock County and Wheeler County, all located in Nebraska. They have the responsibility of managing, developing and protecting the soil and water resources found in the district. This responsibility means keeping an eye on soil erosion, wildlife habitats, water supply levels and much more! While practicing forestry and rangeland management, they offer many conservation programs to aid landowners in preserving and improving our utilization and conservation of groundwater and surface water. The Upper Elkhorn NRD staff is available to work with students, teachers, and the general public to promote conservation education and public awareness of our natural resources and how to preserve, protect, and enhance them for future generations.
The Upper Elkhorn Natural Resources District is certifying all groundwater irrigated acres within the natural resources district. Acres that have been brought back to utilize, historically irrigated acres currently registered in any federal, state or local conservation program or irrigated before the basin designations? If so the acres must be certified if there is any possibility of future groundwater irrigation. To complete the certification procedure, please contact the UENRD office at (402) 336-3867 to schedule an appointment.