GRAND ISLAND, NE – The Central Platte Natural Resource District celebrates its past and looks to its future.

On Thursday, the Grand Island-based NRD celebrated the 50th anniversary of state legislatures creating natural resource districts. Chief Executive Lyndon Vogt says he is proud of CPNRD’s recent flooding projects, which averted tens of millions of dollars in damage in 2019.

“These projects are hard to do, they take time, their permits take a long time, the cost is hard to control,” Vogt said. “But when you get all the partners and you get a project like this done, it’s very rewarding.

For the future, the CPNRD Board of Directors plans to build a new office and teaching building.

“It’s preliminary. There hasn’t been a final decision whether we’re going to go ahead or not,” Vogt said. of costs so that our Board of Directors could make an informed decision.

Vogt expects the board to decide before the end of the year.

Wherever CPNRD staff are based, Vogt says he expects them to focus on similar issues over the next five decades, particularly water quality and the flood control.

“I don’t think we’re going to see them disappear in the next 50 years. We know there are more people in the world, more agricultural production in the world, more nutrients used,” Vogt said. “Water quality is becoming increasingly important.