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Timeline for Assessment and Potential Modification of the Department’s Rules Related to its Determination of Fully Appropriated Basins, Subbasins, or Reaches

2015

July 7, 2015 The Department holds a public hearing on the draft rules for final public comment on the draft rules at 1:00 pm (CDT) at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Convention Center, 110 2nd Avenue, Kearney, Nebraska.
March 2015 The University of Nebraska Public Policy Center finalizes the "Summary of Public Response to 2014 Proposed Rule Change: For the Determination of Fully Appropriated Basins, Subbasins, or Reach" for the Department.

 

2014

December 31, 2014 Deadline for public comments on latest draft of rules.
December 2014

The Department holds public question and answer sessions at the following locations and times:

  • Wednesday, December 10, 2014
    • 9:00am
    • Norfolk - Holiday Inn Express 920 S. 20th Street
  • Wednesday, December 10, 2014
    • 2:30pm
    • Valentine - Niobrara Lodge 803 E. Hwy 20
  • Thursday, December 11, 2014
    • 8:00am
    • Scottsbluff - Hampton Inn 301 W. Hwy 26
  • Thursday, December 11, 2014
    • 3:30pm
    • Kearney - Holiday Inn Express 208 2nd Ave. South
  • Monday, December 15, 2014
    • 9:00am
    • Beatrice - Holiday Inn Express 4005 N. 6th Street
  • Monday, December 15, 2014
    • 2:00pm
    • Lincoln - Nebraska State Office Building 301 Centennial Mall South

Letter regarding these public meetings

Presentation given at these public meetings

October 7, 2014 The Department releases a revised draft of the rules for review. This revised draft builds from the September 17, 2013 draft and feedback received via the online survey conducted in June 2014.
June 2014 The University of Nebraska Public Policy Center provides an online survey to rules stakeholders aimed at identifying desirable elements of a new rule and perceived deficiencies of the current rule.

Summary of Rules Modification Survey (August 2014)

January 2014 The Department releases its INSIGHT website. The website provides the results of several basin analyses using the same concepts outlined in the draft rule. The Department also provides rules stakeholders a letter informing them of the INSIGHT release.

 

2013

Fall 2013 The Department assesses comments from the public hearing process and determines whether the rules will be finalized.
September 17, 2013 The Department holds a public hearing on the draft rules for final public comment on the draft rules at 1:00 pm (CDT) at the Fairfield Inn & Suites, 510 Talmadge Rd., Kearney, Nebraska.

Final draft rules for September 17, 2013, hearing (clean version without redline changes).
Final draft rules with redline showing changes to the April 8, 2013, proposed draft rules
Final draft rules with redline showing changes to the current rules
The Department's current rules, adopted December 4, 2006

August 14, 2013 Public notice for public hearing on draft rules posted to Department's website and Facebook page. Notice also published in nine newspapers across the state for 30-day notice.
June 2013

The University of Nebraska Public Policy Center finalizes their "Report of Public Response to the Potential Modification of Rules Related to the Determination of Fully Appropriated Basins, Subbasins, or Reaches" for the Department

April 2013 through June 2013

The Department holds public question and answer sessions at the following locations and times:

  • Monday, May 13, 2013
    • 9:00am-11:00am
    • Norfolk - Holiday Inn Express
      Meeting Room B
      920 S. 20th Street
  • Monday, May 13, 2013
    • 4:00pm-6:00pm
    • Valentine - Niobrara River Lodge
      Minnechaduza Room
      803 E. Hwy 20
  • Tuesday, May 14, 2013
    • 8:00am-10:00am
    • Scottsbluff - Hampton Inn & Suites
      Sandstone Room
      301 W. Hwy 26
  • Tuesday, May 14, 2013
    • 4:30pm-6:30pm
    • Kearney - Holiday Inn Hotel and Convention Center
      Room D
      110 Second Avenue
  • Wednesday, May 15, 2013
    • 9:00am-11:00am
    • Beatrice - Holiday Inn Express
      Lincoln-Omaha Room
      4005 N. 6th Street
  • Thursday, May 16, 2013
    • 1:30pm-3:30pm
    • Lincoln - Nebraska State Office Building
      Lower Level F
      301 Centennial Mall South

The purpose of these sessions is to obtain feedback on the draft rules so that final draft rules can be developed for subsequent hearings. Comments on the draft rules and methods may also be provided online.

Letter regarding these public meetings 
Presentation given at these public meetings

April 2013 The Department disseminates new draft rules for a 60-day public comment period ending June 7th. In addition to the draft rules and methods, a final report from the consultants is published and datasets utilized in their analyses are made publically available.

Final Report
Supporting data for the final report
The Department's Draft Rules
The Department's Draft Methods
News release

January 2013 The Consultants present at the NARD Legislative Conference in Lincoln

Presentation

January 2013 The Consultants finalize testing of the new conceptual approach with final recommendations for the entire Platte Basin. This culminates in a stakeholder meeting at the Central Platte NRD where invited participants include diverse water interests from across the state. The Department also lays out its plan for public review of the new rules changes.

Presentation

 

2012

November 2012 The Department presents on the new conceptual approach at the UNL Water:Science, Practice, and Policy Conference.

Presentation

August 2012 The Consultants present on the new conceptual approach at the NRD managers meeting hosted by Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District in Omaha.

Presentation

 

2011

Fall 2011 through present Periodic updates are provided by the Central Platte NRD and the Department at the Platte Overappropriated Committee Meetings held in North Platte. The study is a reoccurring agenda item for discussion at each meeting. The Department, OA Platte Basin NRDs, and various other water interests in the overappropriated portion of the Platte River Basin are in attendance at these meetings
Fall 2011 through Fall 2012 The conceptual approach is expanded to test increasing complexities associated with the overappropriated portion of the Platte River Basin.
Fall 2011 Comments and feedback from the stakeholder meeting are evaluated and incorporated in a final report. This report, detailing the conceptual approach, is made publicly available and includes modifications recommended at the stakeholder meeting.

 

2010

Spring 2010 through Spring 2011 The Consultants finalize initial testing of the new conceptual approach with tested recommendations. This culminates in a stakeholder meeting at the Central Platte NRD where invited participants include diverse water interests from across the state.

Presentation

Spring 2010 Central Platte NRD and Twin-Platte NRD, representing all of the Overappropriated Platte River Basin NRDs, receives state funding through the Interrelated Water Management Plan Program Funds to support evaluation of the Department's current rules related to its Determination of Fully Appropriated Basins, Subbasins, or Reaches and to work toward identifying the overall difference between overappopriated and fully appropriated.

Application

Spring 2010 The Consultants are directed to perform a literature review of processes utilized in other states and under other water sharing agreements. This review was made available with recommendations of a new conceptual approach to the Department's evaluation process.

 

2009

Winter 2009 Initial interviews are conducted by a consortium of Platte Basin interest, including the Natural Resources Districts and surface water irrigation and public power interest within the overappropriated area. These interviews result in awarding a contract to HDR and the Flatwater Group (Consultants).
Fall 2009 Integrated Management Plans and the Basin-wide Plan in the Overappropriated portion of the Platte River Basin are completed.

 

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