North Platte NRD hosts its first Water Expo

September 9, 2018

SCOTTSBLUFF — The North Platte Natural Resources District hosted its first water expo on Saturday.

A variety of exhibitors set up their information booths at the NPNRD office for a day of fun and learning.

During the morning session, presenters discussed a variety of topics like drought, water, grasses, conservation and pollinators.

Mike Klosterman and Dave Christian were two of the presenters at the event. They shared how some plants only have one pollinator.

“Thirty percent of what we need is pollinated by honey bees,” said Christian.

Klosterman also discussed the importance of plant diversity to establish ecosystems that attract more animals and pollinator diversity.

The public walked around the premises to check out the booths, farmers market and greenhouse. Inside the geothermal greenhouse, staff are growing fruits and vegetables, which are donated to a local veterans home. While the greenhouse is fairly new, the hope is for the vines to grow and create a canopy that serves as shade for the other plants.

Youth enjoyed a variety of activities throughout the day from a scavenger hunt to a chalk drawing contest. The scavenger hunt allowed children to explore and learn about water by visiting each exhibit. They received colored bracelets for their participation.

The North Platte NRD also organized a raffle with a variety of prizes from a TV to power tools. The winner will be contacted on Monday.

The event occurred from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the NRD, which is located at 100547 Airport Road in Scottsbluff.

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