Nebraska's Wellhead Protection Program exists to protect public drinking water supplies from contamination through protection of the land and ground water surrounding them. The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) provides funding to the UNWNRD to assist our communities with this program.
The UNWNRD's Wellhead Protection Program goals include:
1. Development of WHPA management plans for public water suppliers within the Upper Niobrara White NRD (UNWNRD) and neighboring communities, which includes verification of contaminant source inventories.
2. Provide advanced, focused assistance to a limited number of communities within the UNWNRD and neighboring communities, concentrating on communities which have established WHPA’s and a commitment to ongoing management within the WHPA’s;
3. Provide technical assistance to communities by gathering, interpreting, and delivering technical information required for WHPA activities;
4. Coordinate and enhance assistance for protecting community drinking water supplies under various programs such as Nebraska’s NPS Management Program, Source Water Assessment and Protection, the Nebraska Environmental Partnership, and related efforts;
5. Implement possible Water Quality Management Area requirements within WHPA’s if source of contamination is due to agricultural practices; and
6. Assist in protection of water quality in WHPA’s through the use of current UNWNRD programs such as water well decommissioning, vadose zone and soil sampling, water sample analysis, GIS and GPS mapping, well registration updating, chemigation, monitoring well construction, etc.
The UNWNRD provides wellhead protection assistance to communities within our District.
The anticipated results of this project include:
Modify or refine WHPA’s for 100% of communities and public water suppliers within the UNWNRD and neighboring communities;
Revision of contaminant source inventories for approximately 50% of public water suppliers;
Long term WHPA management plans for approximately six suppliers within the UNWNRD and neighboring communities;
Increased technical assistance/information dissemination to communities at all stages of WHPA development and implementation; and
Improved coordination of ongoing efforts involving protection of drinking water supplies.