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07
JUL
2015

June Inflows Boost Lake McConaughy

When June came to a close, inflows to Lake McConaughy during the month had entered the records books as the fifth highest since storage began at the reservoir in 1941. Inflows totaled 335,138 acre-feet (a-f) for the month. The five highest inflow totals for June: Year Inflow...
17
JUN
2015

Central Conducts Exercise of Emergency Action Plan

We’ve all heard the phrase that starts out, “In the unlikely event of … (insert here your favorite disaster).” When it comes to a failure of Kingsley Dam, one can probably CAPITALIZE, boldface and underline the “unlikely” part of the phrase, but nevertheless, The Central Nebraska...
26
MAY
2015

Flood Warning Issued for North Platte River above McConaughy

The National Weather Service has issued flood warnings for the middle of this week along the North Platte River above Lake McConaughy. Citing “heavy and prolonged rainfall” in the watershed the river drains in Wyoming, the warning indicates that flows in the river could reach...
21
MAY
2015

National Dam Safety Awareness Day is May 31

National Dam Safety Awareness Day occurs on May 31 of each year to commemorate the failure of the South Fork Dam in Johnstown, Pennsylvania in 1889. The dam failure resulted in the loss of more than 2,200 lives and is the worst dam failure in terms of fatalities in the history of...
19
MAY
2015

Help Prevent an Invasion: Clean, Drain and Dry to Keep Invasive Aquatic Species Out of Nebraska Waters

A small aquatic species, not much bigger than your thumbnail, poses a threat to Nebraska’s lakes, reservoirs and associated power-generating facilities.  Once established, the critters are extremely difficult and expensive to remove. The creature is the zebra mussels (and their...
08
MAY
2015

South Platte Flows on the Rise

Precipitation in recent days in Colorado’s South Platte River watershed has raised flows in the South Platte River entering Nebraska.  The South Platte River is expected to experience increased flows in Nebraska through next week, and may cause some flooding problems in...
21
APR
2015

Pumping Water into Elwood Reservoir

The Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District is in the process of partially filling Elwood Reservoir in preparation for the 2015 irrigation season. With irrigation customers limited to 12 inches/acre over the coming irrigation season, a completely full Elwood...
20
OCT
2014

Curtis Technical Agriculture School Students Experience Central’s Project

Students from the University of Nebraska Technical Agriculture School in Curtis enjoyed a “mini-tour” of parts of Central’s hydro-irrigation project on a recent October day. Eleven NCTA students, shepherded by Assistant Professor of Agronomy Brad Ramsdale and Dick Neel, the...
16
OCT
2014

“Prehistoric Fish” Stocked in Two Central Supply Canal Lakes

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission recently stocked 990 paddlefish in two small lakes along The Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District’s Supply Canal. Gallagher Canyon and Midway lakes, as well as the Supply Canal that conveys water to the lakes, were...
15
OCT
2014

From the Archives: Dam Named in Honor of George P. Kingsley

(Reproduced verbatim from the Hastings Daily Tribune, July 7, 1937) Major Tri-County Unit Will Memorialize George P. Kingsley, Pioneer Project Leader The Trico board of directors late yesterday took steps to adopt the name Kingsley Dam for the major unit of the Tri-County power...