LENRD Signs Interlocal Agreement To Repair Willow Creek SRA Flood Damages

LENRD Signs Interlocal Agreement To Repair Willow Creek SRA Flood Damages
Courtesy of LENRD. Major Nebraska river basins form the boundaries of the Natural Resources Districts (NRDs), enabling districts to respond best to local needs. The Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District, all or parts of 15 counties in northeast Nebraska, strives to accomplish more while keeping local property taxes low.

PIERCE – A few years after the flood of 2019, the Willow Creek State Recreation Area (SRA) dam near Pierce is showing some damage.

According to a release from the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District (LENRD), the dam did everything it was designed to do but damage to some of the recreation area were unavoidable.

The Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District (LENRD) owns the recreation area and partners with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC) to manage the area as a State Park.

Mike Sousek, LENRD general manager said, “this long-standing partnership is important to the district, and we want to work with Game and Parks to repair the area and keep access to quality recreation areas available for the public.”

At their June meeting, the LENRD board members approved the interlocal agreement with the NGPC and the invoice to repair the flood damages at the Willow Creek SRA in the amount of $19,550.

The board also discussed the drilling of two relief wells to relieve the pressure at the dam site.  After two failed attempts with a local driller, the board authorized the general manager to negotiate with another driller to complete the work.

Sousek added, “we will work as efficiently as possible with our tax dollars to get this project completed as quickly as we can.  During the irrigation season is the optimal time when the pressure is low.”

In other action, three motions recommended by the Logan East Rural Water System Advisory Board were passed.  The board approved the water rate increase of 5% starting on the January 2023 billing cards; approved the well #3 rehab to replace the casing liner, screens, and pumping parts and agreed to draw up a purchase agreement for a one-acre site of land for a new pumping well, contingent on test well water samples and satisfactory aquifer formations.

The board also accepted the resolution and participation agreement for the employee retirement plans and approved the recommendation from the executive committee for the salary adjustments and step and grade changes for fiscal year 2023.

The next LENRD committee of the whole meeting will be held Thursday, July 14 at 7:00 p.m. with the board meeting to follow on Thursday, July 28 at 7:30 p.m.  Watch for further updates and stay connected with the LENRD by subscribing to their monthly emails at lenrd.org.

Officials with the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District will be opening their doors at their Norfolk Office (1508 Square Turn Boulevard) for an open house on Wednesday, July 13 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Nebraska’s NRD’s ‘Protecting Lives, Protecting Property, Protecting The Future’.