Battle Creek dam proposals

EITHER OF TWO PROPOSED RESERVOIRS, both located about 3 miles south of Battle Creek, will be recommended to the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District by Battle Creek city officials for flood control purposes. Both are located at the same site, with the one on the left featuring a 160-acre pool and the one on the right featuring a 1,200-acre pool. 

NORFOLK - Discussion continued Thursday night at the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District’s Board of Directors meeting on potential flood protection in Battle Creek.

The board heard a presentation from JEO Consulting Group and FYRA Engineering on possible grant options which include federal and state funding.

Some board members expressed concern with applying for the state funds before knowing if the federal money was approved.

General Manager Mike Sousek said ultimately it’d up to the board on what the process should be.

"Initially the plan was to get that (Water Sustainability Fund) application submitted by July 31st this year. With the politics, the cap, and other factors -do we push this Water Sustainability Fund application back one year and see where we end up with the federal dollars? If we get those federal dollars it's going to make this Water Sustainability Fund application look that much more attractive."

The board was informed they should receive an answer on the federal funding in October of this year.

The board unanimously voted to wait until next year to submit a grant application to the state of Nebraska Water Sustainability Fund.

In other news

THURSTON – Thursday, Senator Joni Albrecht of Thurston announced she will seek reelection to the Nebraska Legislature in District 17 which includes Dakota, Thurston, and Wayne counties in Northeast Nebraska.

Washington, D.C.  – United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue are pleased to announce that the Trump Administration has reached an agreement with the government of South Korea on market access for U.S. rice.