NRD Water Programs Conference

NRD Water Programs Conference

03/05/2018 to 03/06/2018

Join us for the Annual NRD Water Programs Conference!

This years conference at the Holiday Inn in Kearney will provide participants exposure to presentations on a wide variety of water management programs across the state and is a great education opportunity to achieve continuing education credits (CEU's). 

Monday, March 5 - Natural Resources Groundwater Technician Certification

This full day training session will prepare registrants for Natural Resources Groundwater Technician Certification exam.  The training is also open to sit through for CEUs (5 Hours) once every 2 years.  Registration for the Certification and exam MUST be completed through DHHS.  If attending simply for the CEU's and not the exam, register through NARD.   An agenda for the training can be found HERE.

Monday, March 5 - Water Management Software Technology Learning Session

The Water Resources Team at Olsson Associates is working on many exciting and cutting edge projects. Over the last several years, these projects have compelled us to explore and implement a wide variety of software technology options.  

The goals of these projects include: 1) Providing a streamlined and simplified means of evaluating the relative impacts of water management actions, including: a) Allowing new or transferred water uses b) Reducing water uses through various means c) Enhancing water supplies through several means; 2) Refining spatial representation of physical features in groundwater models, 3) Rapid evaluation of potential reservoir projects, 4) Identifying the water supply needs at the watershed scale.

This session will provide an opportunity to learn about the software technology we leverage to accomplish these goals.  We will provide a highly interactive workshop to stimulate your imagination with ideas of how you might be able to apply the state-of-the-art in software technology in your NRD. 

Please join us from 3-5 pm on March 5, 2018 for this workshop and return at 6:30 for the Water Conference official reception.

Monday, March 5 - Olsson Associates Hospitality Room

Beginning at 6:30 on the evening of Monday, March 5th Olsson Associates will be sponsoring a Hospitality Room for all participants of the Water Programs Conference.  There will be complimentary drinks and snacks, as well as drawing for a DRONE!   Just stop by the Executive Conference Room at the Holiday Inn.  A highlight of the nights activities can be seen HERE

Tuesday, March 6 - Water Programs Conference

A full day of informative presentations will kick off with registration beginning at 7:30.  Presentations will begin at 8:00 am and will continue throughout the day.  Included in the cost of registration for the Tuesday Conference are morning and afternoon break sessions and a buffet lunch.  A tentative agenda of the days activities can be found HERE!

Conference Registration Policy: 

February 12, 2017 - Monday Certification Training/Exam registration deadline (to be completed through NDHHS).

February 19, 2017 - Tuesday Water Programs Conference registration deadline.

February 23, 2017  – Cancelation must be in writing and will be accepted until this date. Cancelations are subject to a $25 processing fee. 

February 26, 2017 - No refunds for cancelations received on/after this date.

Walk-in Registrations will be charged an additional $35 fee per person.

Download and mail registration and payment to:  NARD, 601 S. 12th Street, Suite 201, Lincoln, NE 68508  or register on-line with payment option at


Motel Information:

February 5, 2018 - Deadline for motel reservations,  Holiday Inn, Kearney, NE (308) 237-5971
Special room rates are available: $99.95 for standard room. Be sure to mention you are attending the NRD Water Programs Conference when making reservations.