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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

Convention Program
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18
7:00 PM
NSIA Board of Directors

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20
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 – 10:30 AM MORNING 1ST SESSION

9: 15 AM – 10:00 AM Water Sustainability Funds Projects – Dennis Strauch

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Panel Discussion – Brazil – John Berge, Scott Snell, Jesse Bradley, Jasper Fanning

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM MORNING 2ND SESSION

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM PRECIP – John Heaston

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM 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
Niobium MIne in SE Nebraska – Scott Honan, Niocorp

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM AFTERNOON 2ND SESSION
Challenges Faced by Municipal Water Providers – Tim Luchsinger (Grand Island) and Steve Owen (LWS), Rick Kubat (MUD), & Greg Bouc (Valparaiso)

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

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM AFTERNOON 3rd SESSION
Broadband Panel – Senator Curt Friesen, Ed Toner, Mary RIdder & Brian Magnusson

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
Topic TBA – David Harwood – UNL

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

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM MORNING 2ND SESSION
Agency Reports – Jeff Fassett, Aaron Thompson (USBR), David Miesbach (NDEQ), Steve Peterson (USGS), and Michelle Koch (NG&P)

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM MORNING 3rd SESSION

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM LUNCH

1:00 PM ADJOURN

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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