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Ainsworth Unit Contract Renewal Process:

This page is published by Reclamation's Nebraska-Kansas Area Office (NKAO), and provides up-to-date information about the water service contract renewal for the Ainsworth Unit of the Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program.

Shifting Directions:

As Reclamation reported in the May 2005 issue of The Ainsworth Unit Bulletin, the Ainsworth Irrigation District is no longer pursuing title transfer (see background, below). At a special meeting held Feb. 16, 2005, the District approved a motion to request renewal of the Ainsworth Irrigation District's long term water service contract with Reclamation. NKAO has begun working with the District on the process, and updates will be posted to this Web site.

Water Information, Ainsworth Contract Renewal Link to Ainsworth Contract Renewal presentation, Public Involvement Link to Contract Information, Ainsworth Contract Renewals Link to NEPA Information, Ainsworth Contract Renewals
Completing the Puzzle, Ainsworth Contract Renewal: (above) Click on each piece of the puzzle for a presentation regarding this aspect of contract renewal.
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Facility Description:

The Ainsworth Unit is located in north central Nebraska, with storage facilities on the Snake River, approximately 14 miles upstream from the Niobrara River confluence in Cherry County southwest of Valentine. Irrigable lands extend 22 miles from west to east and 14 miles from north to south, beginning near Johnstown and continuing eastward to a point near Long Pine, all in Brown and Rock Counties.


In 2003, Reclamation hosted public meetings in both Valentine and Ainsworth, Nebraska, to explore issues related to the potential title transfer of the Ainsworth Project Facilities from federal ownership to the Ainsworth Irrigation District. During these meetings oral comments were collected through brainstorming group techniques, while written comments were collected via comment cards (see list of related documents, below). These meetings were conducted in accordance and under the guidelines of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

In addition to NEPA related comments, Reclamation also collected public input, suggestions, and concerns regarding the potential title transfer. Reclamation chose to combine these two public comment opportunities into one meeting in respect for the time commitment required of attendees as well as to become more informed at the beginning of the process of the publics’ perception of the transfer. Thus, we received a wide range of comments. As related at the meetings, we have separated the comments into those requiring a Reclamation response, those that could more effectively be addressed by the Ainsworth Irrigation District, and those requiring a joint response.

Related Documents:
Reclamation will be addressing public comments in future Ainsworth Unit Bulletins. If you are not on the mailing list and wish to receive future copies, provide your name and address to

Last Updated: March 11, 2013

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