CURTIS -- A member of the Republican River Basin Coalition has dropped out of the organization.
The coalition was formed in 2007, with representatives from the Upper, Middle and Lower Republican Natural Resources Districts in the Republican River Basin.
The coalition provides funds and administration for studies in the basin, as well as funding legal fees for the three districts.
An emergency telephone meeting of the Republican River Basin Coalition was called Friday, to discuss the written request from the Lower Republican Natural Resource District in Alma to withdraw from the group.
The withdrawal request was approved by the coalition, with the condition that the Lower district be responsible for its portion of fees, at $3,724.
Mike Clements, Lower NRD general manager, said today the reason for the withdrawal is that the district would like to focus its attention on the newly-created Republican River Basin Water Sustainability Task Force, that was recently approved by the Nebraska Legislature and the governor.
The Lower NRD will still participate in current studies the coalition is involved with, such as the water balance study and another concerning augmentation, or piping water from one location to another.
A member of the Lower NRD was the coalition's treasurer, so a new treasurer was approved, Jasper Fanning, general manager of the Upper NRD in Imperial.
Participating in the emergency teleconference call Friday were Dan Smith, MRNRD general manager in Curtis; Fanning; Traci Witthuhn, RRBC coordinator; Don Blankenau, legal council; Josh Friesen, MRNRD chairman and John Thornburn, Tri-Basin NRD manager.