NORFOLK – The Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District (LENRD) wants to address a problem in Northeast Nebraska. That would be the rising nitrate levels in drinking water around the area.
On Thursday, March 25, there will be an open public hearing to talk about this issue. The hearing will be at the Nielson Center in West Point.
Members of the public are encouraged to voice their opinions and ideas at this meeting, especially groundwater users.
LENRD asserted that they want to handle this locally, stating that no one wants the state or federal government to interject.
The news release from LENRD included results from a recent study. The study stated that Nebraska’s birth defect rate is 2.5 percent higher than the national average. In Dodge and Pierce counties the birth defect rate is roughly 10 percent higher than the national average. LENRD suggested this is due to higher agrichemical contents in the water for the area.
The board continues to discuss the proposed Phase 2 Groundwater Management Area, which includes Cuming, Colfax, and Dodge counties.
For more information about LENRD, visit www.lenrd.org.