About

Little Blue NRD

23 Natural Resources Districts across the state take up the challenge of providing producers with the resources they need to support themselves and their fellow Nebraskans for years to come, and conserving the beauty of the land we occupy.

View our Annual Long Term Plan below 

Where We’re Located

The Little Blue Natural Resources District proudly serves and supports the producers, farmers, and communities in Adams, Clay, Fillmore, Webster, Nuckolls, Thayer, and Jefferson Counties. We’re responsible for helping to maintain 1,539,200 acres of land.

How We’re Funded

Our operations are funded by a variety of sources, including: sale of conservation trees and services, assessment projects (self-supporting rural water systems), state and federal cost-sharing for projects and programs, and various grant programs. The primary source of funds however, are local property taxes.

Little Blue NRD FY 2018 Income

  • Miscellaneous 5.7% 5.7%
  • Income 6.7% 6.7%
  • Cash & Investments 21.7% 21.7%
  • Property Tax 42.6% 42.6%
  • Property Tax .3% .3%
  • Customer Charges 3.8% 3.8%
  • Rural Water Income 6.7% 6.7%
  • Investment Income .1% .1%

Little Blue NRD FY 2018 Expenses

  • Operations 5.9% 5.9%
  • Personnel 25.5% 25.5%
  • I & E 1.3% 1.3%
  • Water Quality 3.5% 3.5%
  • Rural Water 6.7% 6.7%
  • Projects 42.7% 42.7%
  • Programs 9% 9%
  • Capitol .2% .2%
  • Reserves 5.1% 5.1%

Our Subdistricts

Board of Directors

The Little Blue NRD’s programs and policies are directed by a seventeen-member, locally elected, Board of Directors. These Directors are elected by the public for a four-year term of office. Elections are held on even-numbered years with the terms of office staggered so one-half of the Board Members are elected at one time.

The Board meets monthly on the second Tuesday of the month at the NRD headquarters in Davenport, Nebraska.

Committees

Executive
  • Randy Uhrmacher, Chairman
  • Marlin Kimle, Vice-Chairman
  • Warren Brakhahn, Treasurer
  • Ed Fleharty, Secretary
Legislative
  • Warren Brakhahn
  • Lyle Heinrichs
  • Joe Hergott
  • Chuck Rainforth
  • Steve Shaw
  • Gene Thomas
  • Alan Wiedel
Water Resources
  • Warren Brakhahn
  • Lyle Heinrichs
  • Mason Hoffman
  • Kevin Kissinger
  • Jay Meyer
  • Lyle Schroer
  • Matt Spencer
  • Alan Wiedel
Projects & Planning
  • Ed Fleharty
  • Everett Kellogg
  • Marlin Kimle
  • Kevin Kissinger
  • Jay Meyer
  • Matt Spencer
  • Jesse VonSpreckelsen
  • Mason Hoffman
Research & Education
  • Ed Fleharty
  • Joe Hergott
  • Everett Kellogg
  • Marlin Kimle
  • Chuck Rainforth
  • Gene Thomas
  • Jesse VonSpreckelsen
  • Steve Shaw

Board Members

Mason Hoffman

Subdistrict 1

9145 W Saddlehorn Road
Roseland, NE 68973
(402) 756-6575
Randy Uhrmacher

Subdistrict 1

9145 W Saddlehorn Road
Roseland, NE 68973
( 402) 756-6575
Warren Brakhahn

Subdistrict 2

615 S. Hastings Ave
Hastings, NE  68901
(402) 984-3679
Charles Rainforth

Subdistrict 2

1903 West 5th
Hastings, NE  68901
(402) 463-2370
Edward A Fleharty

Subdistrict 3

1519 N Denver
Hastings, NE  68901
(402) 469-4216
Everett Kellogg

Subdistrict 3

111 University Street
Hastings, NE 68901
(402) 463-8014
Kevin Kissinger

Subdistrict 4

503 A Street
Glenvil, NE  68941
(402) 771-2184
Jesse VonSpreckelsen

Subdistrict 4

31080 Highway 14
Clay Center, NE 68933
(402) 705-0363
Matthew Spencer

Subdistrict 5

1959 Road Z
Blue Hill, NE  68930
(402) 756-4290
Lyle Schroer

Subdistrict 5

1579 Road 2600
Lawrence, NE 68957
(402) 756-7020
Lyle Heinrichs

Subdistrict 6

503 Road 4
Shickley, NE  68436
(402) 627-3825
Steve Shaw

Subdistrict 6

702 8th Street
Edgar, NE 68935
(402) 469-1251
Joseph Hergott

Subdistrict 7

503 Road 4
Shickley, NE  68436
(402) 627-3825
Alan Wiedel

Subdistrict 7

702 8th Street
Edgar, NE 68935
(402) 469-1251
Jay Meyer

Subdistrict 8

503 Road 4
Shickley, NE  68436
(402) 627-3825
Gene Thomas

Subdistrict 8

702 8th Street
Edgar, NE 68935
(402) 469-1251
Marlin Kimle

At-Large

1845 S Constitution Avenue
Kenesaw, NE 68956
(402) 752-8106

Our Staff

The District employs nine full-time professional staff responsible for carrying out the directives of the Board of Directors. Three full-time and two part-time secretaries as well as one Technician are also employed and serve as District contacts in the five local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) offices which lie within the District. The Rural Water Projects employ two part-time employees.

Mike Onnen

General Manager

Mike oversees the general administration of the District as well as personnel management, budget, project development, District planning/policy and Legislative activities.

CONTACT US

100 East 6th Street

PO Box 100

Davenport, NE 68335

(402) 364-2415

lbnrd@littlebluenrd.org 

Donnie Engelhardt 

Assistant Manager

Donnie’s duties include administration of the Groundwater Quality Plan, groundwater quality programs, project development support, planning, budget & finance, livestock waste permits review as well as data management and systems administrator.

Kevin Orvis

Project’s Manager

Kevin oversees the District’s Water Quantity Management Plan, water meter maintenance, static water levels, new well permits, drainage and surface water and is the Rural Water Projects Manager.

James Oltmans

Water Resources Technician

Jim is in charge of chemigation, assists with water sampling, ultrasonic meter testing, operator BMP promotion and new meter certification.

Jed Bergen

NRD Technician

Jed assists with chemigation inspections, water sampling, meter maintenance, groundwater department inventory and ultrasonic meter testing.

Marie Herbek

Administrative Secretary

Marie is the Districts bookkeeper, oversees the audit, is in charge the accounts receivable & payable, Public Water Projects accounts bookkeeping, computer data, website, secretarial and recepetionist.

Jamie Benes

District Secretary

Jamie’s duties include Receptionist and Secretarial tasks, Records Management, Wellness Program, maintaining mailing lists and producing mailings.

Alicia Epps

Database Specialist

Alicia is the District’s Database Specialist. She prepares, compiles and sorts documents for data entry and then enters the data into the Districts database. Alicia also assists with secretarial services.

Elysabeth Kierl

Media and Communications Specialist

Elysabeth’s duties include Community Outreach, Social Media, Website Development, Information and Education, Recycling and Conservation Programs.

Dylan Long

Watershed Coordinator

Dylan’s responsibilities are Watershed Plan implementation, groundwater recharge projects, Cost-Share programs, GIS mapping, database assistance and wellhead protection activities.

Kent Thompson

 Operations Supervisor

Kent is in charge of the Tree Program, Watershed maintenance, Recreation Area maintenance, Buffer Strip Program, Wildlife Habitat and equipment maintenance.

Rural Water Projects

Kevin Orvis, Rural Water Manager (402) 364-2145
Bruce Dux, Rural Water Superintendent (402) 300-0523
Paula Schultz, Billing (402) 729-3598

NRCS Field Office Staff

Patsy Ord, Nuckolls County NRCS Secretary
Sylvia Jividen, Fillmore County NRCS Secretary
Melanie McPherson, Thayer County NRCS Secretary
Paula Schultz, Jefferson County NRCS Secretary
Lynetta Snelling, Webster County NRCS Secretary
Rachelle Tompkin, Clay County NRCS Secretary
Robin Leichty, Adams County NRCS Secretary
Christine Zabokrtsky, NRCS Technician in Jefferson County