Projects Tell The Story
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
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18
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
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
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.