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September 10, 2014

Today Common Sense Nebraska called upon Nebraska’s Congressional delegation to support H.R. 5078, Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act of 2014

The bill prohibits EPA and the Army Corps from “developing, finalizing, adopting, implementing, applying, administering, or enforcing the proposed “waters of the US” (WOTUS) rule.  Instead, the bill requires EPA and the Army Corps to start over, actually engage with state and local officials in an open and transparent process to properly articulate the scope of Clean Water Act jurisdiction. 

“The proposed WOTUS rule is an expansive regulatory overreach by the agencies that goes against Congressional intent, legal precedents and even science,” said Mark Othmer coalition member with the Iowa-Nebraska Equipment Dealers Association.

Common Sense Nebraska believes H.R. 5078 is of critical importance to the state of Nebraska and an opportunity to interject “common sense” back in to the proposed WOTUS rule which is currently flawed beyond repair.  Troy Bredenkamp, General Manager for Nebraska Rural Electric Association, a coalition member stated, “The only certainty provided by this rule is that every place where water flows or stands will fall under the full regulatory authority of the federal government; it has little to do with water quality and a lot to do with EPA having more control over land use.”

H.R. 5078 could be considered on the floor of the House of Representatives as early as this afternoon. 

Common Sense Nebraska is a Nebraska-based coalition consisting of organizations and entities that have come together in response to EPA’s “Waters of the U.S.” Rule; a regulatory proposal that would harm both rural and urban Nebraskans through expansion of EPA’s powers and authorities under the federal Clean Water Act. The coalition’s purpose is to build awareness and understanding of the EPA proposal and the impacts it would have to Nebraskans.


July 24, 2014



Groundwater hits record low in San Bernardino Basin

Published: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Local officials say groundwater levels have hit their lowest point ever in California’s San Bernardino Basin area.Douglas Headrick, general manager for the San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District, said the basin is about 500,000 acre-feet below full. That’s below the previous record set in 1964, which followed a 20-year drought. Read more…


GOP senators accuse EPA chief of targeting farmers, ranchers

Annie Snider, E&E reporter
GOP agriculture leaders in the Senate are blasting U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy following a meeting with the environmental chief yesterday, accusing her agency of “unfairly target[ing]” farmers and ranchers. Read more… 



Jumping mouse set to make big splash at House hearing

Phil Taylor, E&E reporter
A small, furry mammal has brought big headaches to cattle ranchers in New Mexico, and they’re bringing their beef to members of Congress.The New Mexico meadow jumping mouse will take the spotlight this afternoon at a hearing on federal “bullying” before the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation. Read more…


GOP subpanel blasts FWS official over opposition to hatchery, refuge bills

Jessica Estepa, E&E reporter
House Republicans yesterday assailed a Fish and Wildlife Service official over his agency’s handling of a number of issues, ranging from fish hatchery propagation programs to the expansion of wildlife refuges. Read more…


Bay to appear at hearing on grid reliability under EPA carbon rules next week

Katherine Ling, E&E reporter
Norman Bay will fill a fifth seat when members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission testify before a panel of the House Energy and Commerce Committee next week, the committee confirmed yesterday. Read more…


Senate supplemental would approve Obama’s wildfire disaster bid

Phil Taylor, E&E reporter
The Senate’s $3.57 billion supplemental funding bill includes $615 million to fight wildfires and would also approve President Obama’s request to fight some future wildfires using disaster funds, the chamber’s top appropriator said yesterday. Read more…


Landrieu presses FEMA for new flood maps

Evan Lehmann, E&E reporter
Sen. Mary Landrieu yesterday pressured the top official with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to finish updating the nation’s flood maps by 2017, when the National Flood Insurance Program must be reauthorized. Read more…
June 16, 2014


June 12, 2014

Awash with Regulation

By U.S. Senator Deb Fischer

There are nearly 24,000 miles of rivers and streams in Nebraska, among the highest in our country. We pride ourselves on maintaining clean water not just for drinking, but also to support our state’s businesses, manufacturing sector, agricultural industry, cities, and counties. In Nebraska, the state owns the water, both surface and groundwater, and all water users understand the importance of careful use and management of that precious resource. Read More…

May 28, 2014


Western Water Seminar

Flagstaff, AZ

July 28-30, 2014

Join Us July 28-30!


The Western Water Seminar brings NWRA members to Flagstaff, Arizona.

Registration is now available online or you can get the registration form HERE and return via US mail, email, or fax.

We will kick off our event with the newly revived NWRA Memorial Golf Tournament to bring back the NWRA Intern Program. You can register online or get the registration form HERE and return via US mail, email, or fax.

You can find more information about the golf tournament as well as register for the golf tournament on the NWRA Golf Tournament page. MORE INFO…

May 27, 2014

1400883028000-OKLAThe United States is currently engulfed in one of the worst droughts in recent memory. More than 30% of the country experienced at least moderate drought as of last week’s data.

In seven states drought conditions were so severe that each had more than half of its land area in severe drought. Severe drought is characterized by crop loss, frequent water shortages, and mandatory water use restrictions. Based on data from the U.S. Drought Monitor, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the states with the highest levels of severe drought.

In an interview, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) meteorologist Brad Rippey, told 24/7 Wall St. that drought has been a long-running issue in parts of the country. “This drought has dragged on for three and a half years in some areas, particularly (in) North Texas,” Rippey said. Continue reading…

April 10, 2014

The April 9 Water Round Table was the Platte Basin Timelapse—Seeing a Watershed in Motion. 

What if you could follow a drop of water from the very top of the Platte River Basin in the Colorado Rockies and follow it downstream through Nebraska until it reaches the confluence with the Missouri?

Now in its third year, the Platte Basin Timelapse project sets a watershed in motion by placing timelapse cameras at strategic locations throughout the watershed to help tell the amazing and complex story of the Platte River.  Michael Forseberg, a professional photographer, and Michael Farrell, Special Projects Manager for NET, were the presenters.  An overview of the presentation can be found at http://www.plattebasintimelapse.org/

April 8, 2014


The 2014 Legislative and Regulatory Priority Issues form and the National Water Resources is now available to download under the “National Water Resources Association” link under the About Us tab.


March 7, 2014

A virtual tour of the N-CORPE Augmentation Project and Medicine Creek in west-central Nebraska by The Flatwater Group, Inc.

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March 3, 2014

The Dams Sector-Specific Agency (SSA) is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the Consequence of a Dam Failure Workshop scheduled for April 15-16, 2014 in Denton, TX.


Please see attached fact sheet for additional information regarding this training opportunity.  The workshop will be conducted at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region VI,  (800 North Loop 288, Denton, TX 76209) in the Jade Conference Room.


You are encouraged to register early, as there is only room for 35 participants.  To register for the workshop please follow the link on the attached fact sheet.  You will also need to obtain a student identification number (SID) by following the link below:



Once a SID has been obtained, you must file a FEMA form 119-25-1.  Please send a copy of this form to dams@hq.dhs.gov and bring the original to the workshop.  This must be done in order to obtain credit for the workshop


Should you have any questions, please contact dams@hq.dhs.gov.

Nebraska Water Resources Association

is a nonprofit alliance of state organizations and individuals dedicated to the appropriate management, conservation, and use of water and land resources on a statewide and national level. Founded in 1944, the NWRA furthers the development, reclamation, conservation and beneficial uses of Nebraska’s water and land resources. Directed by a 24 member board of directors representing Nebraska’s river basins, surface water and ground water irrigation, electric power, municipalities, industrial, professional, conservation, recreation and financial institutions, the NWRA provides a diverse but unified voice to government policy makers and the public on water issues.



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