This wetland and others around the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Rainwater Basin Wetland Management District headquarters north of Funk would have been mostly dry during the fall migration season if not for diversions of Platte River floodwaters by Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District.
- Flood Diversion Data
Event: Heavy rains of 12 to 18 inches in the South Platte Basin along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains north of Denver the week of Sept. 9-15 produced record floodwaters and extensive damage in northeast Colorado.
Nebraska flows: In the 20,000 cubic-feet-per-second range entered Nebraska. Flows were at 14,300 cfs at Cozad the last week of September. The river crested at 7.14 feet at Kearney on Sept. 28, which was just over one foot above flood stage.
CNPPID diversions: From Sept. 19-Oct. 28, a total of 24,806 acre-feet of water from the river just downstream of North Platte and into the Phelps and E-65 canals.
Beneficiaries: E-65 and Elwood Reservoir, 15,000 a-f for the state and Tri-Basin Natural Resources District; 2,000 a-f into the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Funk Waterfowl Production Area; and the balance into the Phelps Canal for Platte River Recovery Implementation Program, CNPPID, state and NRD benefits.
Costs: CNPPID, still to be determined; Nebraska Department of Natural Resources and Tri-Basin, 60-40 split of $658,000; Platte Program, about $90,000, including $40,000 for Funk WPA water; and USFWS and Rainwater Basin Joint Venture, $10,000 for Funk WPA water.
- Jerry Kenny, executive director Platte River Recovery Implementation Program
I think people know that we buy land and manage land, and buy water and build facilities to manage that water, but they forget about the science side of what we do.”
Posted: Sunday, November 17, 2013 9:00 am
KEARNEY — When Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District officials and their partners agreed in September to divert record-setting South Platte River floodwaters flowing into Nebraska from Colorado, they saw more than an opportunity to limit downstream flooding.
Water put into CNPPID’s Phelps and E-65 irrigation canals and Elwood Reservoir will seep into the groundwater over time and eventually benefit flows in the Republican and Platte rivers. Water also was used to enhance wetlands at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services’ waterfowl production areas near Funk and Bertrand.
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Sunday, November 17, 2013 9:00 am.