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TENTATIVE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM Exhibitor Set-Up (Rooms ABC)
7:00 PM NSIA Board of Directors Meeting
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 22
7:00 AM – 10:00 AM Exhibitor Set-Up (Rooms ABC)
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 – 10:15 AM MORNING 1ST SESSION – “Infrastructure Needs and
Solutions for Surface Water Projects” Panel: State Senator Bruce Bostelman, District 23; Jeff Buettner, Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District; Dennis Strauch, Pathfinder Irrigation District; and LeRoy Sievers, Nebraska State Irrigation Association
10:15 AM – 11:00 AM BREAK – Tour Exhibits
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM MORNING 2ND SESSION – “The State of Nebraska’s Water” Presented by Tom Riley, Director, Nebraska Department of Natural Resources
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM MORNING 3RD SESSION – “Broadband” Presented by Roric Paulman, Silver Spur Ranch; Julie Bushell, Paige Wireless; and Senator Curt Friesen, District 34
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM LUNCHEON PROGRAM – “NDEE Update” presented by Jim Macy, Director, Nebraska Environment and Energy
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 22 (Continued)
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM AFTERNOON 1ST SESSION – “State of the State and Infrastructure Planning” Speaker of the Legislature Mike Hilgers
3:00 PM – 3:45 PM BREAK – Tour Exhibits
3:45 PM – 4:45 PM AFTERNOON 2ND SESSION – “Federal Water Infrastructure Funding” presented by Jim Macy, Director, Nebraska Environment and Energy, and Aaron Thompson, NKAO Area Manager, US Bureau of Reclamation
4:45 PM – 7:00 PM RECEPTION AND VISIT EXHIBITS
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 23
7:30 AM – 9:30 AM Registration
7:30 AM – 8:15 AM NeWRA Annual Members Meeting
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM NeWRA Board Meeting
9:00 AM – 9:45 AM MORNING 1ST SESSION – “2022 Weather and Beyond” presented by State Climatologist Martha Shulski
9:45 AM – 10:30 AM MORNING 2ND SESSION – “Carbon Initiative” presented by Chad Podolak, Stakeholder and Advocacy Manager, NPPD
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM BREAK – Tour Exhibits
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM MORNING 3RD SESSION – “Update on LB 406” presented by Senators Mike McDonnell and John Lowe
12:15 PM – 1:30 PM LUNCH – “Federal Funding for Infrastructure ” presented by Kris Polly, Water Strategies, LLC
1:30 PM ADJOURN
Monday Morning Break
Monday Afternoon Break
Monday Evening Social
Tuesday Morning Break
Nebraska: The Great American Water Machine. Ground and Surface Water are interconnected. One feeds and grows off the other, without one the other would not exist. This program discusses the impact of the water from Nebraska City to Scottsbluff, from Holdrege to Valentine. The power to grow crops to the power to run your dishwasher comes from water. The program discusses the wide number of groups that use the water that is in Nebraska and the amounts of water that surrounding states receive from this “Great American Water Machine” that we call Nebraska.
This NET World program was put together with Nebraska State Irrigation Association (NSIA) along with the financial backing of the following sponsors:
Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District; Nebraska Public Power District; North Platte Valley Irrigation Districts; Farwell Irrigation District; Frenchman-Cambridge Irrigation District; Sargent Irrigation District; Twin Loups Reclamation & Irrigation District; Tim Anderson Memorial Water Education Fund; and the Water Futures Partnership Nebraska
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.