The Central Platte Natural Resource District (“CPNRD”) launched the pilot Groundwater Exchange Program in March 2016. The CPNRD will continue the Groundwater Exchange Program for the 2017 growing season. The CPNRD anticipates, subject to Board approval, that staff will meet with landowners for the pre-approval process from the first week of October 2016 through the end of November 2016 and that the bid window will be open during the first part of December 2016.
The concept of the Groundwater Exchange Program is to allow producers to buy or sell rights to use groundwater on a temporary leasing basis for the upcoming growing season. A seller can be anyone with a certified groundwater use on irrigated acres such as pivot corners, irregularly-shaped fields or even full sections. A buyer could be anyone looking to improve or add to their currently certified groundwater use or looking to increase streamflow such as the Platte River Recovery Implementation Program.
A “water right” is the certified groundwater use on irrigated acres. Water rights are currently bought and sold on a permanent basis. The Groundwater Exchange Program enables producers to buy or sell on a temporary basis an authorization to use groundwater for the upcoming growing season. We call the temporary authorization a “seasonal permission”.
This website contains information about the Groundwater Exchange Program. Documents and links related to participation in this Program will also be found on this site. This website is managed by NERA Economic Consulting (“NERA”) on behalf of the CPNRD.
You may register to receive information about the Groundwater Exchange Program here.