Ron Bishop, NRD Pioneer Dies


A key figure in the development of Natural Resource Districts in Nebraska has died.

Ron Bishop was the 40 year manager of the Central Platte NRD, based in Grand Island.

He passed away Monday night, after retiring last summer.

Bishop was recently honored by the Groundwater Foundation for his work on irrigation issues.

Bishop was raised on irrigated and dryland farms in south central and eastern Nebraska.

He began his career in soil and water conservation in 1957, working for a conservation contractor. In 1959, he joined the U.S. Soil Conservation Service, working in south central and western Nebraska. In 1972, Nebraska reorganized several hundred local soil and water organizations into multi-purpose Natural Resources Districts.

Bishop was hired as general manager of the Central Platte Natural Resources District when it was formed.

The Groundwater Foundation committee member Bob Kuzelka said in November that Bishop "was an excellent sounding board during those times when I was developing groundwater management and protection guides for the NRDs. He brought his NRD board into a progressive approach to groundwater management at a very early stage."

There will be a Celebration of Life service at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 20 at Peace Lutheran Church, 1710 N. North Road, in Grand Island, with graveside service to follow at the city cemetery.

Visitation will also be at the Peace Lutheran Church on Sunday, January 19 from 4:00-7:00 p.m.