Scrap Tire Cleanup – June 23, 2017

            2017 Waste Reduction and Recycling Incentive Grant

The Lower Loup Natural Resources District has been awarded a 2017 Waste Reduction and Recycling Incentive Grant – Scrap Tire Cleanup from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality.  The grant will fund a tire collection coordinated by the Loup Basin RC&D.
A Scrap Tire Collection will be held Friday, June 23rd, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. only at the Loup Rivers Scenic Byway, 330 South Highway 11 in Burwell – south of Longhorn Lanes, across the highway east of the Burwell Jr. Sr. High School.  Tires on rims and tires for which a disposal fee has been received will not be accepted at the collection.  Tires of all sizes: tractor, combine, pivot, truck and auto tires will be accepted. Local veterans will be taking the following information from those bringing in tires: name, address, phone number, number of tires and from where the tires came.  The Scrap Tire Collection is for the residents of Blaine, Boone, Custer, Garfield, Greeley, Holt, Howard, Loup, Rock, Sherman, Valley and Wheeler Counties in Nebraska.  The Burwell FFA Chapter, Advisor Philip Simpson; Loup County FFA Chapter, Advisor Tanner Dunbar and Wheeler Central FFA Chapter, Advisor Kelly Guggenmos will be helping with the unloading of the tires and a free will donation will be given to the chapters.
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Spalding Fish Passage Open House, Sunday, June 25, 2017

An open house has been scheduled for Sunday, June 25, 2017 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Spalding Fire Hall, 101 West Memorial Drive, Spalding, Nebraska to provide area residents information on the October 2016 completion of the installation of the Spalding Fish Passage Project on the Cedar River.     A Denil style fish passage system at the dam is now allowing fish to navigate the river around the dam and hydropower station.   Previous studies have shown that upstream passage was exceptionally difficult for channel catfish, a popular sportfish in the Cedar River.  JEO Engineering of Lincoln, and B-D Construction of Columbus teamed up to design and construct a fish passage system that focuses on channel catfish, but will be available to all fish species native to the river, including the shorthead redhorse, sauger, northern pike and flathead chub.
Installation of the fish passage detection system is also complete and electronic tagging of nearly 600 fish of multiple species is being used to monitor movements. While the Nebraska Environmental Trust funded the majority of the construction, the project involved many other sponsors including the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Village of Spalding, and the Loup Basin RC&D Council.
Please attend the open house on Sunday, June 25, 2017 from 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Spalding Fire Hall.  Continue reading

Loup Basin RC&D Assisting Kansas Ranchers

The Loup Basin RC&D Council accepted donations to assist Kansas ranchers that were devastated by fire in the spring and summer months of 2017.  After receiving the donations, we then worked with Brad Spelts, owner of Spelts Lumber Company to deliver 800 6 1/2′ GRN/WH 1.33 steel posts, 50 lbs. 1 3/4″ GALV Double Barbed Staples Class III and 4,000 T-post clips to Ashland Feed & Seed at Ashland, Kansas.

Pictured is Brad Spelts owner of Spelts Lumber Co in Burwell and Janet Sanders, Executive Director of the Loup Basin RC&D Council.  Photo credit: McBride Photography.

Press Release – March 28, 2017

The Loup Basin Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council announces today that the nine county organization in central Nebraska is accepting donations to assist the Kansas ranchers recently devastated by fire.  The immediate need for the Kansas ranchers is fencing supplies including: creosote posts; 3 ½ inch x 8 feet, T posts; 6 1/2 feet, Red Brand 80 Ruthless 4 Pt Barbed Wire 12 1/2 Gauge, staples; 1 3/4 inch, T post clips, nine penny nails, number nine wire for tie-downs and fence corners, Goldenrod wire stretchers, post hole diggers, hammers, fencing pliers, and leather fencing gloves.  

Donations to assist the Kansas Ranchers can be made payable to the Loup Basin RC&D Council a 501(c)(3) Mark in the for area: Donation – Kansas Ranchers Fence Supplies. Mail donations to P.O. Box 400, Burwell, Nebraska 68823 or drop by the office at 330 South Highway 11, Burwell.  If you have questions, contact Dale Melia, President of the Loup Basin RC&D Council at (308) 728-7275 or Janet Sanders Executive Director of the Loup Basin RC&D Council at (308) 346-3393.  


Gabe Brown Conference – Monday, December 5

Cover Crop & No-till Conference featuring Gabe Brown

On Monday, December 5, 2016 the Loup Basin RC&D in Burwell and the NRCS office in Ord are hosting the Gabe Brown Conference.

Gabe Brown is from North Dakota and will highlight his 5,000 acre farm/ranch, discussing his no-till operation utilizing cover crops and grazing them. Promoting soil health and explaining how he now uses zero synthetic fertilizers, fungicides and pesticides in his operation and also out yields his neighbors. He successfully has less inputs and much more profit.


Brown’s information will be valuable to area producers, with Gabe answering questions during and after the program.

The conference will be held at the

Trotter Event Center,  127 Trotter Avenue,  Ord, Nebraska

The program will be from 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m

Registration fee –  $10.00 includes conference and lunch catered by Whitefoot Catering.
Complete registration – by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 21, 2016.
Make check payable to: Loup Basin RC&D Council.
Contact: Janet Sanders
Please click for flier: Gabe Brown – Cover Crop & No-till Conference December 5, 2016
YouTube – Soil Matters on the Farm