NRD water management group allows some new irrigated acres - KTIV News 4 Sioux City IA: News, Weather and Sports

NRD water management group allows some new irrigated acres

Posted:

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.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KTIV Television Inc. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Kathy Clayton at (712) 239-4100 x209. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.