Deadline Looming to Certify Groundwater
Irrigated Acres Within the Upper Elkhorn NRD
The Upper Elkhorn NRD has begun sending out Final Notices for the Certification of Groundwater Irrigated Acres. We encourage anyone receiving their Final Notice to get their Groundwater Irrigated Acres certified by the end of the year. Anyone who does not certify their groundwater irrigated acres once with the Upper Elkhorn NRD risks the chance of losing their ability to irrigate using groundwater. The UENRD began certifying groundwater irrigated acres in 2011 and estimates that there are approximately 50,000 acres that still need to be certified; and, it is imperative that you certify your groundwater irrigated acres to preserve your right to irrigate those acres in the future. You can review all the Groundwater Irrigated Acre Certification information on the UENRD website at https://www.uenrd.org/_storage/pagefiles/cert_irr_acre_process.pdf. This process is separate from certifying your acres annually with the USDA Farm Service Agency and is required only once with the Upper Elkhorn NRD.
Landowners who fail to certify their groundwater irrigated acres not only risk the chance of not being able to irrigate those aces; but, they will also not be eligible to participate in Upper Elkhorn NRD programs. This would include the Expansion of Groundwater Irrigated Acres, Groundwater Irrigated Acre Transfers or be eligible for UENRD cost share.