Groundwater Contamination Raises Concern Of LENRD

NORFOLK – As the monthly board of directors meeting for the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District is scheduled for this week, high levels of nitrate in groundwater continue to pose challenges for the future.

According to a release from LENRD, the effects of groundwater contamination can be felt across the state with most of the pollution sources pointing to commercial fertilizers.

Applying the right form at the right time at the right rate in the right place – this method of nitrogen management is referred to as the “4Rs”.  By using this method, producers can save time and money, all while protecting groundwater.

One of the responsibilities of the LENRD is the development, management, utilization and conservation of groundwater.

The LENRD launched a website, bringing to light the concerns that are plaguing northeast Nebraska. Visit to find out more about the rising levels of nitrate in groundwater and the steps that are being taken to address the environmental and health issues associated with this problem.

The LENRD board of directors also approved the Wellness Program for staff for a total of $3,220 during their May meeting. The program encourages employees to take advantage of the wellness benefits available through the NARD health insurance, especially blood screenings. Flu shots are also provided for the staff as well as incentives for increasing physical activity and healthy eating.

The board recently accepted, with regret, the resignation of fellow board member Bob Huntley of Norfolk. In a letter to the board Bob said, “I was proud to represent the people of Subdistrict 3 and hope my replacement will be as dedicated as I have been over the years.”  Bob served on the board since 2005.  The board will advertise to fill the position.

To learn more about the 12 responsibilities of Nebraska’s NRDs and how your local district can work with you and your community to protect your natural resources, visit and sign up for their monthly emails. The next board of directors meeting will be Thursday, June 24 at LENRD office in Norfolk at 7:30 p.m. and on Facebook Live.