The Upper Elkhorn NRD is taking applications for the expansion of new groundwater irrigated acres during the month of October for the 2018 growing season. The sign up is not on a first come first served basis; but, on new ranking criteria based on current water quality and quantity issues within the district. Applications will be accepted during regular business hours from the landowner or their power of attorney until October 31, 2017, with a minimum application fee of $125 or $5.00 per acre. Appointments are recommended for the application process.
The Upper Elkhorn NRD does allow the transfer of certified groundwater irrigated acres. There are specific guidelines for the transfer of groundwater irrigated acres regarding the Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC) and Stream Depletion Factor (SDF).