Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District
is a political subdivision of the State of Nebraska
organized under public power and irrigation district
laws of Nebraska passed in 1933. Central was created
to enable the people of south-central Nebraska to develop
the state's irrigation and electric power potential.
delivers irrigation water to more than 113,000 acres
on the south side of the Platte River between North
Platte and Minden and also provides supplemental water
from Lake McConaughy (Central's main storage reservoir)
to irrigation projects serving more than 110,000 acres
along the North Platte and Platte Rivers.
generates electricity for Nebraska's homes, farms and
industry at four hydroplants, one at Kingsley Dam and
three on Central's Supply Canal.
is another benefit of Central's hydro-irrigation project.
Nebraskans and visiting vacationers enjoy the excellent
fishing, boating, swimming, camping and other recreational
opportunities provided by Lake McConaughy, Lake Ogallala,
Johnson Lake and many other small lakes along the Supply
system of canals and laterals also provides groundwater
recharge that helps stabilize groundwater supplies for
irrigation, municipal and industrial uses.
project also provides habitat for many species of fish
and wildlife, a result of Central's active role in creating
and preserving habitat in the Platte River Valley.
more information about Central and its hydro-irrigation
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