Groundwater

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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Water flows into spillway from Pathfinder Reservoir
Water from Pathfinder Reservoir on the North Platte River near Casper, Wyoming, is sent over the overflow spillway. Water is spilled occasionally when snowmelt runoff from the mountains above Pathfinder becomes too great to store in the reservoir. (Photo credit: Gary Stone)

Water Law 101: Part 2, Other Water Rights

March 17, 2021
In part two of the Water Law series, Extension Educator Gary Stone continues discussion on other types of water rights, such as diversion of water, and how water use is regulated and adjudicated.

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Irrigation water

Yonts Water Conference Returns April 9 in Gering

March 12, 2021
This year's conference will feature discussion on topics such as the North Platte Valley's irrigation infrastructure, groundwater irrigation regulations, Goshen-Gering/Fort Laramie Tunnel status, water outlook, drought update and more.

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Thunderstorm in Nebraska Panhandle
A thunderstorm replenishes the Nebraska Panhandle with water. (Photo credit: Gary Stone)

Water Law 101: Part 1, the Basics

March 10, 2021
The first article in a six-part series of articles covering basic water law in the United States, focusing on the defining characteristics of water sources and water rights.

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Drone view of field

BGMA Webinars Highlight Soil Management Strategies, Groundwater Hydrology Research

February 4, 2021
The Bazile Groundwater Management Area webinars will focus on soil quality management, as well as highlight research efforts on nitrate in the Bazile creek.

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summary map of Nebraska groundwater levels.
Pockets of southwestern Nebraska and the Panhandle saw minor groundwater level declines, but the latest Groundwater-Level Monitoring Report shows a wealth of increases in groundwater supply across the rest of the state from spring 2018 to spring 2019. On average, wells measured in spring 2019 saw a 2.63-foot increase in groundwater levels statewide.

Nebraska Groundwater Levels Rise Following Wet Year

April 22, 2020
Groundwater levels across much of Nebraska continue to rebound from the historic 2012 drought, according to the 2019 Groundwater-Level Monitoring Report.

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NET Awards Grant for Bazile GMA Nitrate Reduction Efforts

June 3, 2019

The Nebraska Environmental Trust awarded $228,500 to the Bazile Groundwater Management Area (BGMA) for research and developing demonstration sites in the BGMA groundwater nitrate reduction project.

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