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November 12, 2014

High Plains Aquifer: Sustainability for Food Production and Water Supply

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Latest research, programming and policy on water in Nebraska and the Great Plains


Water Law Conference

Friday, March 20, 2015

Nebraska water law for practicing attorney and water professionals…open to all

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We had a great turn out for our November Water Roundtable meeting and enjoyed a presentation by Cory Steinke from the Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District. If you were unable to make the meeting you can view the powerpoint below. Hope to see you at our next meeting in December!

Presentation Powerpoint: Groundwater Mound Study Water Roundtable 11-12-2014

Due to technical difficulties a video will not be available for this month’s presentation.

Click here to view the report on their website.

October 16, 2014

Attached is a link to a new study done by the UNL School of Natural Resources.


Below is a link to download a free pdf of The Groundwater Atlas of Lancaster County, Nebraska. It’s newly published, and many  have expressed some interest in reading it. A limited number of hard copies are available to purchase, as are CDs containing all of the ArcGIS shapefiles used to create the maps contained in the atlas.

 Download the pdf file at:


Hard copies and data CDs can be ordered at the following link:



The groundwater resources of Nebraska have always been a focus of the Conservation and Survey Division, and we look forward to assisting our partners and stakeholders long into the future.


Questions? Contact Dana Divine, Hydrogeologist, Conservation and Survey Division



We had a great turn out for our October Water Roundtable meeting and enjoyed a presentation by Jim Swenson from the Nebraska Game & Parks. If you were unable to make the meeting you can view the presentation and powerpoint below. Hope to see you at our next meeting in November!

Presentation Powerpoint: Water Resources 2014 Jim Swenson

Watch the presentation here:

September 23, 2014

NOVEMBER 23-25, 2014


Holiday Inn Convention Center
110 Second Avenue, Kearney, NE 68847

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NOVEMBER 23-25, 2014

Holiday Inn Convention Center
110 Second Avenue, Kearney, NE 68847

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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…

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.