The Upper Niobrara White Natural Resources District (UNWNRD) is one of 23 NRDs in Nebraska which respond to local natural resource challenges. The UNWNRD encompasses all of Box Butte, Dawes, Sheridan and the northern 80% of Sioux county. As our name suggests, the watersheds included within our boundaries, are the Upper Niobrara and White-Hat basins in Nebraska.
NRDs have broad responsibilities and priorities are different from one district to the other, but UNWNRD top priorities include ground water monitoring, encouraging irrigation best management practices, offering conservation grade seedlings at a reasonable price for windbreaks or reforestation of burned areas and assisting constituents with cost-share for installation of practices such as planned grazing, improving irrigation efficiency and tree plantings. Contact us today to learn more about how the UNWNRD can assist.
The UNWNRD is divided into six ground water management sub-areas based on the hydrogeologic and physical conditions of the District. The UNWNRD is responsible for measuring changes in the depth to ground water from the land surface, otherwise known as static water levels in each sub-area. If the average static water level measurements in a sub-area meet or exceed specific declines below the 1990 base year it will trigger one of three Phases in UNWNRD’s Ground Water Management Plan.
Upper Niobrara White Natural Resources District's mission is to:
Prevent and control erosion, flood water, pollution and sediment damage; Promote soil, water, fish and wildlife conservation; Develop, manage and preserve for beneficial use, our surface and ground water supply, our fish and wildlife habitat, our forest and range resources, and our recreational and park facilities for present and future generations. To accomplish this mission and maximize our effectiveness the District works with a network of partners and cooperators which includes State, Federal and local agencies, other interested groups and individuals in order to provide technical and financial assistance to the people of northwest Nebraska.