Groundwater

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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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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