NRD water management group allows some new irrigated acres
While drought conditions have improved somewhat much of Siouxland is still facing abnormally dry conditions.
With that in mind one group is trying to figure out how best to manage water in the coming planting season.
The Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District Board of Directors met in special session in Norfolk Thursday night.
The meeting took about an hour and a half with NRD Staff, board members and area farmers debating the best way to manage irrigation in 2014 given the current dry conditions.
Ultimately, the board voted to allow a limited amount of new irrigated acres for the upcoming year.
NRD Staff had initially recommended no new irrigated acres at all next year because of the ongoing drought, but that decision was met with a lot of push back, prompting Thursday night's meeting.
Board members have directed staff to come up with more long-term irrigation regulations that the board can enact in the spring.
Irrigation has been a hot topic for the NRD for a while now.
Last winter they decided to limit irrigation in certain areas of their district because of dry wells and have begun the process of starting a rural water district to help with dry wells south of Norfolk.
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