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2018 JOINT CONVENTION & TRADE SHOW
SPONSORED BY: NEBRASKA STATE IRRIGATION ASSOCIATION AND NEBRASKA WATER RESOURCES ASSOCIATION
NOVEMBER 18-20, 2018

Holiday Inn Conference Center
110 S 2nd Avenue, Kearney, NE 68847
308-237-5971

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Convention Program

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18

7:00 PM
NSIA Board of Directors

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19

7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Registration

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
NSIA Annual Members Meeting

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM OPENING SESSION
Welcome from Kearney Mayor Stanley Clouse

9:15 AM – 9:45 AM MORNING 1ST SESSION
Water Sustainability Funds Projects
Dennis Strauch, Manager of Pathfinder Irrigation District

9:45 AM – 10:30 AM MORNING 2ND SESSION
Educators Below The Equator
John Berge, General Manager of North Platte NRD
Scott Snell, Upper Big Blue NRD
Jesse Bradley, Assistant Director Nebraska Dept. of Water Resources
Jasper Fanning, General Manager of Upper Republican NRD

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM BREAK
Visit Exhibits

11:00 AM – 11:30 PM MORNING 3RD SESSION
PRECIP – Advancing Technology in the Panhandle
John Heaston, AquaMart

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM MORNING 4TH SESSION
Surface and Ground Water Management in Idaho
Paul Arrington, Idaho Water Users Association

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM LUNCHEON PROGRAM
Kris Polly – NWRA

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM AFTERNOON 1ST SESSION
Mining Niobium in Southeast Nebraska
Scott Honan, President of Elk Creek Resources Corp and VP Business Development, Niocorp

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM AFTERNOON 2ND SESSION
Challenges Faced by Municipal Water Providers
Rick Kubat, Government Relations Attorney, City of Omaha – Metropolitan Utilities Districts
Tim Luchsinger, Utilities Director, City of Grand Island
Steve Owen, Superintendent of Water Distribution, Lincoln Water System
Greg Bouc, Superintendent/Water Operator, City of Valparaiso

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM BREAK
Visit Exhibits

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM AFTERNOON 3rd SESSION
Enhancing Broadband Telecommunications in Rural Nebraska
Senator Curt Friesen, District 34, Henderson, NE
Mary Ridder, Chairman, Nebraska Public Service Commission
Ed Toner, Chief Information Officer, State of Nebraska
Brian Magnusson, Vice President of Technology & Innovation, Lindsay Corporation

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM RECEPTION WITH EXHIBITORS
Join your colleagues for networking, a drink and great appetizers

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2018

7:30 AM – 9:30 AM Registration
7:30 AM – 8:15 AM
NWRA Annual Members Meeting


8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
NWRA Board Meeting


9:00 AM – 10:00 AM MORNING 1ST SESSION
Climate Change Revealed in Ice Cores Retrieved from the Antarctic
David Harwood, University of Nebraska

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM BREAK
Tour Exhibits

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM  MORNING 2ND SESSION
Agency Reports
Jeff Fassett, Nebraska Department of Natural Resources
Aaron Thompson, US Bureau of Reclamation
David Miesbach, Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality
Steve Peterson, US Geological Survey
Michelle Koch, Nebraska Game & Parks


11:30 AM – 12:00 PM MORNING 3rd SESSION
Tim Anderson Memorial Scholarship – Lee Orton

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM LUNCH

1:00 PM ADJOURN

 

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NSIA Program Activities

  • Active participation and financial assistance for irrigation interests in instream flow litigation.
  • Support for projects constructed under federal reclamation laws in their efforts to obtain title and/or renew water service contracts for their project facilities from the federal government.
  • Support for irrigation projects’ water conservation efforts through a conservation programs workshop.
  • Encouragement for changes in state laws for expedited procedures to allow water rights transfers and other water management activities within organization irrigation projects.
  • Providing new property and casualty insurance programs with better coverage and at less cost for irrigation projects.
  • Providing employee benefit plans designed to ensure sound protection and reasonable cost, helping irrigation organization to recruit and retain good employees.
  • Endorse investment opportunities for surplus project funds to allow optimization of investment return for irrigation project operations.
  • Keep state and federal lawmakers informed about irrigation issues and economic benefits realized by the state from preservation and support of irrigation project facilities and district operations.

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