NRD rules hearing on chemigation fees Tuesday
By Russ Pankonin
The Imperial Republican
Farmers and other members of the public can offer their input on a rule change by the Upper Republican Natural Resources District (URNRD) to increase chemigation permit fees and allow electronic flow meters.
The hearing will be held during the board’s regular meeting at their headquarters in ImperialTuesday, March 10, which begins at 10 a.m.
Board members approved sending the new rule proposals to public hearing at their February meeting.
The rule change on chemigation would increase the cost for chemigation permits and renewals to cover costs, which are estimated at $40. The new fees in the rule would be phased in over the next two years.
The program is designed to be self-supporting without the use of tax dollars.
Each year, URNRD technicians inspect more than 2,700 chemigation units to ensure proper installation, operation and registration.
A calculation by staff indicated the present permit cost of $20 annually no longer covers the cost of inspection.
Presently, the cost for a new permit stands at $20. The rule would increase the cost to $30 in 2015 and to $40 in 2016. Renewals, which presently cost $20, will remain the same for 2015. In 2016, the renewal cost will increase to $40.
The rule change proposed for flow meters would allow the use of battery-powered electronic meters to measure usage.
Presently, the rule requires the use of a meter that has a mechanical impeller.