Water recharge agreement helps wildlife's habitat
KEARNEY, Neb. —
Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District acted to extend agreements for ground water recharge.
One agreement with the Platte River Recovery Implementation Program helps meet goals to offset depletion of water during non-irrigation season.
The Platte River Program helps maintain the land that threatened and endangered species call home.
"Amongst the things that we do, we hire contractors who get in the river with heavy equipment and do tillage operation to suppress vegetation," said Jerry Kenny, executive director of the Platte River Recovery Implementation Program.
The agreement between CNPPID and the Platte River Program increases the flow of the river and protects species' habitats.
"It's part of the recovery program for the whooping crane, the least tern and the piping plovers habitat associated with their needs," said Jeff Buettner, public relations coordinator for Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District.
The water is stored underground and held until it's needed.
"The basic concept is take water from the river at a time when there is more water than the species need and put it back in the river at a time when there is a deficit," Kenny said.
The Platte River Program is currently working on a new agreement that would allow them to pump the water back into the river when necessary.
The water recharge programs provides benefits to these species to keep them coming back to Central Nebraska.