Monday, August 23, 2010
GMDA Enters Lawsuit
Then the Central Platte NRD requested the same information to undertake a very involved irrigation well and irrigated land registration process. Unlike YMD, the CPNRD had just spent 2 years and $250,000 canvassing the courthouses and amassing the database they needed, which FSA already had. They also claimed to be a goverment entity and to protect the privacy of the data. They too, were denied.
In 2009, GMDA passed a Resoultion which was submitted to FSA, which was never even acknowledged. (click here to view) The resolution was adopted unanimously by the association.
Seems a shame that state and local goverment entities cannot access and use federal data that is so easily available. None of the data requested was sensitive - in terms of payments provided or other financial or operational items - it was all data that is publicly available from various, individual county sources, but not pulled together and organized like the FSA dataset. So much for a more transparent federal government.
For more information on the suit, contact the Central Platte NRD or the YMD District.