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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.

February 7, 2014

1.  AGRICULTURE:  Lengthy delays, active campaigning led to inclusion of key conservation measure in farm bill

2.  DROUGHT:  Senate approves reauthorization of information program

3.  ENDANGERED SPECIES:  House Republicans outline proposals for overhauling iconic law

4.  DROUGHT:  USDA offers $20M for Calif. farmers, but crop shortages likely


Lengthy delays, active campaigning led to inclusion of key conservation measure in farm bill

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter

Published: Wednesday, February 5, 2014

A grueling 491 days after the expiration of the 2008 farm bill, the Senate yesterday sent a new reauthorization of agriculture and nutrition programs to the president for his signature (E&ENews PM, Feb. 4).

While the lengthy delay in getting a new farm bill caused angst for the agricultural lobby and farmers, it turned out to be an unsought and unexpected benefit for conservationists. The final bill requires farmers to abide by basic conservation requirements in order to receive federal subsidies for crop insurance, a measure that probably would not have made the cut if the bill was completed in 2012 as was originally expected.

“Conservation compliance was not on the radar of the leadership of the agriculture committees,” said Steve Kline, director of government relations at the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership.

The provision’s ascent from a fringe issue to a conservation centerpiece came after a fierce campaign by conservation groups made largely possible by the long delay in getting to a final bill. In that time, conservation groups held hundreds of meetings with congressional leaders, shifted the message debate and inked a key deal with agriculture groups.

Support of the provision, while nuanced, snowballed to encompass more than 300 organizations. And Senate Agriculture Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) hailed the provision in a final speech on the farm bill before yesterday’s vote.

The final measure is greatly watered down…read more

January 20, 2014

52d86241c9bfa.preview-300Ronald Garvin Bishop went to live with his Lord on Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island, after a seven-year fight with cancer.

Celebration of Life will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Peace Lutheran Church, Grand Island. The Pastor Mike Reiners will officiate. Burial will be in the Grand Island Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the church. Apfel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Bishop was born Jan. 25, 1938, at Hebron to Reece Garvin and Mildred Marie (Sheets) Bishop. From his marriage to Del Rae Meinecke in 1956, daughters, Deb (Jack) Thompson of Kearney, Mo., and Terri (Doug) Soper of Liberty, Mo.; grandsons, Jack S. (Tina) Thompson and Brett R. (Whitnie) Thompson; granddaughter, Elizabeth Soper; and great-grandchildren, Carrissa and Jeremy Thompson, Hayden Thompson.

He was preceded in death by Jack Tanner Thompson.

On Oct. 15, 1988, he married his life partner, Darla Jean (Wiegardt) Wilson, at Peace Lutheran Church in Grand Island. Of this marriage he shared in the life of son, Christian J. Wilson of Omaha, and daughter, Jolene Jean Wilson (Kurt) Karjalainen of Kearney; grandchildren, Claire K., twins, Cathryn (Cate) J. and Cain F. Karjalainen.

He is also survived by a sister, Elois (Ardean) Arndt of Lincoln; a brother, Jim Bishop of Tallahassee, Fla.; nieces, nephews, cousins and many, many friends.

He attended several schools in California and Nebraska, graduating from Aurora High School with the class of 1956. From Kearney State College, he received his Bachelor’s in Water Resource Management and Geography and Earth Science. His lifelong career was in these fields. He retired in June from being the Manager of Central Platte NRD after serving 41-plus years.

He enjoyed picture framing, fishing, hosting BBQs and cooking for family gatherings, genealogy and helping at Peace Lutheran Church.

Memorials are suggested to the Central Nebraska Humane Society or Grand Island Cancer Treatment Center.

Online condolences may be directed to the family at www.apfelfuneralhome.com.

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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