Trail And Other Programs Budgeted

Natural Resource programs in Cass County.

The Lower Platte South Natural Resources District Board of Directors unanimously approved the budget for Fiscal Year 2015.

According to an NRD news release obtained by the Cassgram, these programs for communities in Cass County and nearby are part of the package:

-Allocations for Cedar Creek ($344,000) and Plattsmouth ($200,000) are to complete stormwater management projects through the Community Assistance Program.

-The geophysical mapping of aquifers in the NRD ($750,000) will continue. Enhancement of mapping projects already begun and the initiation of new projects are expected. The data collected helps the NRD better understand and manage the supply of groundwater.

-Continuing to help Union, Elmwood, Weeping Water/Otoe RWD #3 and the Lower Salt Creek area from Waverly to Ashland to reduce elevated nitrate levels in groundwater.

-Continuing to work with the Nebraska Department of Roads and Cass County to extend the MoPac East Trail to the Lied Platte River Bridge at South Bend.

-Users of the MoPac East Trail will benefit from the addition of a restroom at the trailhead in Walton ($30,000).

-Continued participation in a sandbar study and a Cumulative Impact Study along the Platte River.

Balanced revenues and expenditures in the budget total $24,176,136. The budget requires just under $9 million in property taxes, a 2.5 percent increase over last year and the first increase in the NRD’s property tax requirement in seven years.

Detailed information about the budget is available at

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