Water Management Programs
Ground Water Management Area
A Ground Water Management Area went into effect in 1997 for the entire Lower Platte North NRD, covering both groundwater quality and quantity issues.
Ground Water Quality:
- Quality Rules & Regulations/Phase I Areas
- Phase II Management Areas
- Nitrogen Management Certification Classes
Ground Water Quantity:
- Quantity Rules & Regulations
- Level Management Areas
- Water Development Areas
- Variance Info
- Appropriation Status
- Irrigated Acre Certification
- Nitrogen & Water Conservation Training
- Tips for Conserving Water
Well Permits & Registration
Before drilling a new or replacement well in the Lower Platte North NRD, a well permit is required. Wells must also be registered with the Department of Natural Resources. New wells are required to be equipped with a flow meter or time totalizer.
Rural Water Systems
The NRD is involved in several rural water systems that provide water to small local communities.
Abandoned Well Program
To help protect our groundwater quality, the NRD provides cost-share assistance to landowners to seal abandoned wells.
Any site that applies agrichemicals through irrigation systems is required by state law to have a chemigation permit. The NRD inspects new sites to ensure proper safety equipment is installed and also does resinpections of existing sites at least once every two years.
Wellhead Protection Program
Through the Wellhead Protection Program, the NRD works with area communities to identify and manage potential water quality threats to their public water supplies.
The NRD tracks groundwater levels, nitrate levels in groundwater, stream flow, precipitation and other water-related issues.