North Platte NRD Irrigators Conserve During Drought

Due to this year's drought farmers had to use more water than normal to keep their crops alive during the summer. This fall the North Platte Natural Resource District recorded flow meter readings. In a interview with KNEB/Rural Radio Network NRD Manager Ron Cacek says irrigators did better than anticipated considering the circumstances.

Over the allocation period, North Platte NRD irrigators receive 56 inches of water over 4 years, which averages out 14 inches of water annually. Cacek says that provides irrigators with more flexibility in managing their crops in the region's variable climate.

In 2012, Cacek says North Platte NRD irrigators used on average 18 - 20 inches of water. 2013 is the final year of the four year allocation and Cacek says most area farmers have sufficient water for 2013, but Cacek says farmers will want to monitor their flow meters to keep track of water use. If farmers go over the allocation level, Cacek says penalties will be issued.

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