Twin Platte NRD launches second phase of integrated management plan

The Twin Platte Natural Resources District has launched the second phase of its integrated management plan to update 20-year-old water models. (Source: Beatriz Reyna/KNOP-TV)

BRADY, Neb. KNOP-TV The Twin Platte Natural Resource District is launching the second phase of their integrated management plan with the assistance of a
Texas-based company to help reach their goal.

Grower Information Services Cooperative met with producers in Brady to educate them about the new water data program. The program is program is voluntary and will be used to collect water use information to update water models that are 20-years old.

"When they ran the model again, because they are using old data, data from '97, farming practices have changed so much that we feel the 25,000 credit is not right," said Twin Platte Natural Resources District Integrated Plan Manager Ann Dimmitt.

"They can grow corn, they are very conservative with the water but, because it's costly to pump water, they are not going to pump water they don't use and don't need, so we really believe they are going to be able to meet these goals," said Growers Information Services Cooperative Billy Tiller. "We think they probably could be meeting them right now, we just don't have the data to prove that."

Two more town hall meetings will be held in Keith County Wednesday.

Ole's Big Game Steakhouse Meeting Room in Paxton from 9 am to 11 am MT and from 1 pm to 4 pm MT at the Lake McConaughy Visitor's Center.