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Nebraska NRD Board: Lower Platte South, Dist 8

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    Christy Eichorn

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    Christine Lamberty

Biographical Information

What steps will you take to prepare for changes in climate trends that affect Natural Resource District management?

What educational actions will you advocate for your district's students and adults regarding the changing climate?

How do you address the concerns of citizens and developers who want access to NRD projects?

Has your district tested its water for nitrate levels? If its concentration is found higher than the federal limit of 10 ppm, how would you recommended remedying the situation?

If elected, what would be your first year priorities? Please detail.

Occupation Land Use Planning, Zoning and Entitlements Consulting
Education Master of Community and Regional Planning from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Current Public Office, dates held N/A
Past Public Office, dates held N/A
Military experience None
Volunteer experience Nebraska Community Blood Bank; Lincoln Public Schools; Future City; YMCA
Address 7824 Sycamore Drive, Lincoln, NE 68506
Marital Status Married
Age 43
First, we need data collection at the local level. It is key to identifying and predicting future change. We also have to listen and collect antidotal stories from Nebraskans who are seeing the landscape altered due to climate change. Finally, we need to take the data and the stories and produce a comprehensive, longterm, community support based plan for the entire Lower Platte South Natural Resource District.
As a Board Member, I will advocate for hands-on learning opportunities that provide students and adults with tools to recognize and relate to climate issues such as flooding and droughts. I am a mentor for a program called Future City that provides middle school kids opportunities to help solve these very issues. Education has the most significant, long-lasting impact when individuals participate in identifying problems and developing solutions.
The NRD is a public agency that has a responsibility to be transparent and fiscally responsible while planning for the long-term sustainability of our natural environment. As a professional planner, I believe in solutions born from education, communication, open access to information, and collaboration with all stakeholders.
Nitrates are a concern in both rural and urban areas. Although I don’t currently know of any nitrate issues in Subdistrict 8, I will work with stakeholders and form alliances to find solutions that will work regionally and not just at a district level. One person, one organization, cannot solve district-wide problems. We must all work together to find equitable solutions to keep our land, water, and air clean.
My first priority will be to get a clear understating of the issues that are important to my constituents as well as the LPSNRD staff and other Board members. Then I will advocate for and participate in education for solutions to those issues. Finally, I will be a strong voice for sound urban planning principles in long term sustainable solutions.
Occupation I'm also an avid urban farmer and gardener.
Education University of Nebraska Medical Center, Southeast Community College
Volunteer experience PTO President and Vice President. Community Event Organizer. GIRLPweR. Eastridge Pool Board. Volunteer caterer for multiple organizations and events. Neighborhood cleanups.
Address 7506 Whitestone Drive
Marital Status Married
Age 51
The NRD should actively support a statewide effort, such as proposed in Legislative Bill 283, to create a state action plan for coordinated action to address climate change. We must plan appropriately and develop strategies to mitigate the effects of climate change and related extreme weather events on our water supplies and resources. I will support the Lower Platte South NRD’s investment in data gathering, planning and education, and push for actions to be taken in coordination with the state and other NRDs.
Students benefit at an early age from hands-on learning opportunities about nature and the outdoors, particularly the importance of our wetlands, prairies and water resources. The NRD education efforts should continue to excel in this area to provide a grounding of knowledge that allows us as adults to grapple with the effects of climate change. In Lincoln, the NRD has a unique opportunity to expand its partnership with LPS to incorporate outdoor learning classrooms at the two new high schools.
As an elected official, I have a duty to be responsive to citizen concerns. I will ensure that we are an open and accessible organization. The Lower Platte South NRD manages a number of outstanding recreational resources and we must continue to inform the public of those opportunities. The NRD has a critical mission of protecting our water quality, preserving critical habitat, and maintaining flood control. I will review any developer proposal with those needs in mind.
Groundwater is one of Nebraska’s most precious resources, and the management of groundwater quality and quantity is one of the Lower Platte South NRD’s primary responsibilities. The LPSNRD has developed a thorough groundwater management plan that includes routine testing for nitrate levels in each of its five groundwater reservoirs and phased responses to potential hazards. As a representative for Lincoln, I will pay particular attention to the testing of water quality in the Lower Salt Creek Groundwater Reservoir, which contains the wells for the City of Lincoln’s drinking water.
Flood control and water quality will always be a priority for the NRD. We need to complete a series of Salt Creek levee repairs. The Lied Platte River Bridge still needs to be repaired and re-opened following last year’s flooding. With the changes in the school operations due to Covid-19, we have lost a great deal of hands-on learning opportunities. We must ensure that we jump start those education programs as soon as it is safe and make adjustments based on what we have learned.