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Lower Elkorn NRD Approves Voluntary Integrated Management Plan

NORFOLK-With record low ground water levels in northeast Nebraska, the Lower Elkorn Natural Resource District has approved a plan to conserve water into the future.

The board unanimously approved having the consulting firm Olsson and Associates prepare a voluntary integrated management plan, which will outline how best to utilize the district's water resources.

Chairman Joel Hansen says the plan will outline the best uses for domestic, agriculture and water timing purposes.

Hansen: "(Theres')a lot of discussion right now in the state legislature as far as making sure there is water in the Platte River for Lincoln. Part of that can we find a way to control those flood waters in the spring, store them, and release them when the drought comes through in the fall and the late summer months."

The Spring 2013 Groundwater Level report showed 45 of the 244 measured wells at their lowest point ever in the spring.

Because of this, the LENRD voted to keep current flow meters in place to measure the groundwater levels but decided not to add any more at this time.

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