2014 JOINT CONVENTION
NOVEMBER 23-25, 2014
Holiday Inn Convention Center
110 Second Avenue, Kearney, NE 68847
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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.
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FISCHER’S “NOTE FROM WASHINGTON”
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…
Western Water Seminar
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.
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…
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/
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.
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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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.