2021 New Irrigated Acre Parameters

For Immediate Release

Lower Niobrara NRD Board Votes for New Irrigated Acres

The Lower Niobrara Natural Resources District, Board of Directors, voted to allow up to 1000 approved, new ground water irrigated acres in the District at their June 4th meeting.  The Lower Niobrara NRD will be accepting applications starting July 1st, 2021 and ending August 31st, 2021.  An application will include a nonrefundable fee, an aerial photo of the property to be irrigated, location of all existing wells, location of proposed new well, a test hole log within 330 feet of the new well location, and must be submitted by the landowner.  Each application will be ranked for soil, well, and ground water criteria according to the Rules and Regulations of the Lower Niobrara NRD.  All applicants will be notified by October 31st, 2021 of their application approval or denial for new ground water irrigated acres.  The maximum allowed approved new ground water irrigated acres per person or entity is 160 acres and will also follow the Rules and Regulations of the Lower Niobrara NRD. 

You can find the 2021 new irrigated acre application on the website www.lnnrd.org or contact the Lower Niobrara Natural Resources District in Butte at (402) 775-2343 for an application or questions.

In accordance with our Integrated Management Plan, the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources (NDNR) can also allow new surface water irrigation appropriations for up to 333 acres.  All surface water questions and applications should be submitted to NDNR.