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Climate Change and Future Nebraska Water Challenges

November 10, 2021
Dave Aiken, professor and water and agricultural law specialist in UNL's Department of Agricultural Economics, highlights concerns about climate change for agriculture in Nebraska.

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Source water protection area map
Agricultural land located in the source water protection priority areas on this map may be eligible to receive financial assistance. Areas highlighted in red are high priority; areas highlighted in blue and yellow are medium priority.

Funding Available from USDA to Protect Groundwater

November 3, 2021
Landowners have until Friday, Nov. 19 to apply for USDA NRCS funding that will provide financial assistance to individuals seeking to install conservation practices in source water protection priority area.

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Bazile Groundwater Management Area Field Day

September 1, 2021
Nebraska Extension, Upper Elkhorn Natural Resource District (NRD), Lower Niobrara NRD, Lewis & Clark NRD, Lower Elkhorn NRD and Nebraska Environmental Trust are sponsoring the Bazile Groundwater Management Area Field Day on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021 at David Connot Farm in Knox County.

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Smith Falls
Smith Falls on the Niobrara River, Cherry County, Nebraska. (Photo by Gary Stone)

Water Law 101: Part 6, Sharing Water with Other States and Water Use within the State

May 11, 2021
In the final installment of the series, Extension Educator Gary Stone discusses laws and regulations that govern water sharing between states.

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Furrow irrigation in a field
Furrow irrigation using gated pipe in a field of dry edible beans in Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska. Scotts Bluff National Monument is in the background. (Photo by Gary Stone)

Water Law 101: Part 5, More Groundwater — Wells

April 29, 2021
Part 5 of Extension Educator Gary Stone's series on Water Law reviews the concepts and legal doctrines that are used to regulate use of groundwater wells and resolve conflicts between well users.

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Center pivot irrigation
Center pivot irrigation in Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska. (Photo by Gary Stone)

Water Law 101: Part 4, Groundwater Terms and Definitions

April 15, 2021
Part 4 of the Water Law series reviews groundwater terms and definitions, including a brief review on the different types of aquifers — an important aspect of groundwater for Nebraska due to the Ogallala/High Plains aquifer.  

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Sampled wells and pivots map
Figure 1. Distribution of sampled wells and pivots.

Irrigation Well Water in Nebraska: Nutrient Concentrations and Other Properties

March 31, 2021
A 2020 survey on hundreds of irrigation wells in Nebraska provides insight on nutrients that enhance soil fertility across the state.

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Niobrara River
Niobrara River near Valentine, Nebraska. (Photo credit: Gary Stone)

Water Law 101: Part 3, Surface Water Administration Terms and Definitions

March 31, 2021
In this third installment of the Water Law series, Gary Stone reviews terms and definitions used in administering surface-water rights.

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