The Little Blue NRD (LBNRD) and Tri-Basin NRD (TBNRD) are jointly working with the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources to develop voluntary integrated management plans (V-IMPs) for the Little Blue River Basin portions within the two districts. While a “basin-wide plan” is not required, the two districts recognize the value of coordinating water management discussions and activities regarding their shared river basin.
To aid in the development of goals and objectives for the V-IMP, each district assembled a stakeholder group. These 39 stakeholders, 22 from LBNRD and 17 from TBNRD, self-volunteered to serve as stakeholders and represent a diverse cross-section of both NRDs. The map below illustrates the geographic distribution of the stakeholder group.
As of April 1, 2017, a total of seven meetings have been held: one joint stakeholder meeting, four LBNRD stakeholder meetings, and three TBNRD stakeholder meetings. The purpose of the joint stakeholder meetings is to allow stakeholders of each district the opportunity to discuss common goals and objectives for the Little Blue River Basin.
As part of the public involvement process, each of the 39 project stakeholders was individually interviewed by Steve Wolf, the lead facilitator for the project. These one-on-one stakeholder interviews were held between April 22 and May 4, 2016 and provided an opportunity for stakeholders to express his or her individual thoughts and concerns about the V-IMP project and process. Each stakeholder was asked the same 10 questions, and their consolidated and intermixed responses are available here.