November 2019
You'll FALL for our Recreation Areas
Fall is a great time to visit our five NRD managed recreation areas. Find the one nearest to you and plan a picnic and hike today to enjoy the fall foliage--before it's gone! Camping is finished for the season, but there's still plenty of fun to be had.
Latest News
It's time to order your trees for spring 2020 planting. Order early for best selection. This year, the Upper Big Blue NRD will offer 50 varieties chosen for success in our region. Trees are offered at a low cost, so it's a great time to plan a new windbreak or other improvement to your property.
Wanted: Your Opinion
Would you take a minute to help us improve? We'd like to know what you think about the Upper Big Blue NRD. Your response to this very short survey will help us to better serve you in the future. Thanks!
Healthy Soils, Healthy Harvest
Water Conservationist Dan Leininger explores the rich microbiome that feeds the soil at Project GROW, made possible by cover crops.
The Weather Watcher
The National Weather Service will soon recognize NRD Employee Tom Johnson with a prestigious award for his nearly 50 years of dedicated volunteer weather observations.
Recharge Revisited
Partners from the Nebraska Natural Resources Conservation Service recently conducted a bathymetric survey of Recharge Lake in York. The data will allow the NRD to better manage the recreation area.
Max Profit Vs. Max Production
A recent study from UNL looks at several factors to determine the optimal level of Nitrogen for improved profitability for corn growers in Nebraska.
Education News
Private Dams Program Serves Landowners
The Upper Big Blue NRD’s Private Dams Program provides landowners with an opportunity to correct or re-build privately owned dams. The program will provide 75 percent of the project costs up to a maximum cost-share of $50,000. 
York Well Watch
Improving and protecting the quality of drinking water for all residents is the goal of a continuing collaboration between the city of York and the Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District. The latest effort in the cause is an inventory of all private wells in the Wellhead Protection Area.
A Moooo-vable Feast
New equipment provided by the Rainwater Basin Joint Venture allows cattle producers in the Upper Big Blue NRD to graze their herds more effectively in wetlands. This practice is good for the farmers, the cattle, and millions of migratory birds.
Board Tours Southeast
From a proposed recreation area near Milligan to a dam renovation in Friend, nine members of the board of directors of the Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District toured the southeast portion of the district to explore NRD projects in September.
Water Quality Regulation Changes to be Revised
The Board of Directors of the NRD has sent a proposal for changes to Rule 5--Groundwater Quality Rules and Regulations back to the committee level after considering public input.
Upcoming Events
Project GROW Winter Workshop
Holthus Convention Center (York)

12/03/19 8:30am - 12/03/19 3:00pm

RSVP by November 26 if you plan to attend. Lunch is included.
I'll be there!
I can't make it.
***Attendance at this workshop counts toward Phase II & III Management Area Certification***
Workshop Speakers
  • Crystal Powers, Research & Extension, Communication Specialist, Nebraska Water Center
  • Al Dutcher, Associate Nebraska State Climatologist
  • Keith Berns, No-Till Farmer & Co-owner of Green Cover Crop Seeds in Bladen, NE
  • Patricio Grassini, Associate Professor, UNL Agronomy, Cropping Systems
Parting Shot
Lead Engineering Technician Jeff Ball snapped this photo of completed improvements at a private dam near McCool in October.
Learn more about our Private Dams Program.

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