LENRD Approves Watershed Improvement Project, Board To Use Video Conferencing Format For Time Being

NORFOLK – For the first time in 47 years the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District office was empty as the board held their March meeting online via audio/video conferencing.

Even though the LENRD office doors are closed to the public until further notice, most of their staff are working off-site to ensure they continue to offer a high-level of public service to the citizens of the district.

The late March meeting saw approval of the contract with JEO Consulting Group for the Battle Creek Watershed Improvement Project Work Plan. This contract will allow for an environmental assessment of the watershed as well as developing an approved Watershed Flood Prevention Operations (WFPO) plan with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

Following a year in the works, all the necessary paperwork with the USDA has been signed and approved to secure the WFPO grant with NRCS in the amount of $390,000. The study will take approximately 18 months to complete.

The board also instructed staff to apply for a new WFPO grant through NRCS to develop a watershed plan for the Maple Creek Watershed.

In other action, the board approved the Interlocal Agreement with the City of Scribner and Dodge county for the Elkhorn River Bank Stabilization Project to repair damages from the 2019 flood.

Employees at the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District are returning phone calls, emails and meeting virtually. They also want to remind the public to use their drop box located at the main entrance (1508 Square Turn Boulevard in Norfolk) on the west side of the building.

The LENRD board & staff meet each month to develop and implement management plans to protect their natural resources for the future. The next LENRD board meeting will be Thursday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m. Watch for further updates and stay connected with the LENRD by subscribing to their monthly emails at www.lenrd.org.