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LENRD to add 2,500 irrigation-eligible acres

ELIGIBLE AREA — Shaded area of this map indicates the portion of Boone County that would be eligible for allocation of new irrigated acres through the Lower Loup NRD. This area includes about 430 square miles.

Landowners in three river basins in the Lower Loup Natural Resources District (LLNRD) may apply for new groundwater irrigated acres for 2019.
The Lower Loup NRD Board of Directors approved the new irrigation availability at its July 26 meeting in Ord.
In the North Loup Basin, 1,250 irrigated acres will be granted; in the Middle Loup Basin, 500 acres will be offered; and in the Plum Creek, Beaver Creek and lower portion of the Loup Basins, 750 new irrigated acres will be available.
In Boone County, the area eligible for new irrigation covers about 430 square miles, running from the county’s northwest corner to its southeast corner. This portion of the basin also includes parts of Wheeler, Garfield and Platte counties.
A detailed map and list of the sections approved for development can be found on the NRD’s web site, www.llnrd.org.
NRD General Manager Russell Callan said the new irrigation development was approved after a review of the available water in the NRD. He said that studies still showed a “surplus” in the water budget created for the approved sub-basins of the Loup River Basin. Water quality was also a consideration.
Applications for new irrigation will be accepted from Sept. 1 through 20, 2018 only. A non-refundable fee of $500 will be required with each application, and only one application would be allowed per field.
LLNRD Assistant Manager Tyler Naprstek said application forms for new irrigated acres are available to potential applicants online, as well as at NRCS offices in the district, and at the NRD Headquarters office, 2620 Airport Drive, in Ord. Landowners will be notified of their application’s score and overall outcome by December 1, 2018.

Read the complete story in the Aug. 1 Albion News & Petersburg Press, Print and E-Editions.