Northeast Nebraska NRD Basin Tour

Northeast Nebraska NRD Basin Tour

06/12/2017 to 06/13/2017

NARD, along with the Lewis and Clark NRD, Papio-Missouri River NRD, Lower Elkhorn NRD, Upper Elkhorn NRD and Lower Niobrara NRD are planning the 15th annual NRD Basin Tour, set for June 12th and 13th beginning and ending in Norfolk. Join us as these NRD’s lead us on a two-day tour of their projects across northeast Nebraska. Tour stops will focus on water and natural resources issues. Everyone attending will have an opportunity to see and hear about water quality and quantity management issues and projects undertaken by the NRD's and their conservation partners. Following is a tentative two-day agenda.  


Monday's tour will start by departing the Lodge at Divots in Norfolk at 12:15, immediately following will be the first stop, which will include lunch at the LENRD's Willow Creek Recreation area. This stop will highlight the flood control and recreation benefits provided by the lake, as well as offer an overview of water quality issues the district is working to address in the watershed.  The tour will continue as we pass through a portion of LNNRD’s West Knox Rural Water System, a project that provides potable water to more than 1,800 rural Nebraskans.  The bus will then stop in Creighton at the city’s water treatment facility where a guided tour of their Nitrate treatment process will be provided, this stop will also include a presentation on the Bazile Creek Groundwater Management Plan.  The BGMA Plan is the first groundwater focused plan in the nation to address nonpoint source pollution. The plan is the result of a collaborative effort to address nitrate contamination between NDEQ and LCNRD, UENRD, LENRD and LNNRD.  The final stop in Wausa, Nebraska will include further insight into the Bazile Creek Groundwater Management Plan efforts.   The Monday portion of the tour will conclude with dinner back in Norfolk and a night’s stay at the Norfolk Lodge.  


On Tuesday, following breakfast at the hotel, the bus will depart Norfolk at 7:30 and begin with a tour of LENRD’s Lake Maskenthine, which provides flood control for the town of Stanton and offers many recreational activities to the public.  This portion of the tour will also highlight the Districts Tornado Recovery efforts following the 2014 Pilger Tornadoes.  The tour will continue to Hubbard where we will tour PMRNRD’s Pigeon/Jones Watershed Project, which provides flood control, erosion and sediment control and grade stabilization benefits to a large portion of Dakota County.   Next we will pass through LCNRD’s Powdered Creek Recreation Area site; Powder Creek provides flood control and reduces sediment erosion and runoff across a large watershed in Dixon County.  Then we will continue to Lewis & Clark Lake where lunch will be provided.  Following lunch, we will continue to Devils Nest along the south shore of the lake where guided tours will be provided of LCNRD’s Cedar Knox Rural Water Project.  The project pumps surface water out of Lewis & Clark Lake before treating it and distributing it to more than 3,200 Rural Nebraskans.  LCNRD will highlight challenges they are facing with water quality and sedimentation.    The bus will be returning to Norfolk by approximately 4:30 pm.


To guarantee a spot on the bus, register on-line now, or download this registration and mail to the NARD office by Friday, May 19th. Seating and hotel rooms, are limited; register soon to guarantee a spot. Registration will cover all food, lodging and motor coach expenses. NARD will make reservations for overnight lodging on Monday as part of your tour registration. If your arriving early, and would like a room for Sunday night, reservations need to be made through NARD. Use the basin tour registration form to reserve a room for Sunday evening.

The charter bus will depart the Lodge at Divots in Norfolk at 12:15 p.m. on Monday.  The group will be returning to Norfolk on Monday evening, and spending the night at the Lodge. The tour will continue Tuesday, June 13th, concluding around 4:30 p.m. in Norfolk.



Basin Tour registration fee will include the following:

  • Monday, June 12th:  Lunch, conservation tour, snacks, beverages, evening group dinner, and lodging.
  • Tuesday, June 13th:  Breakfast at the hotel, conservation tour, lunch, snacks and beverages.