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The 1923 South Platte River Compact and Nebraska Water Rights Webinar

March 23, 2022
Dave Aiken, UNL ag law/water law specialist, examines the South Platte compact and Nebraska’s compact water rights with regard to the proposed Perkins County Canal development.

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Irrigation systems aerial view
Figure 1. Center pivot irrigation systems dot the landscape along the South Platte River. On the North Platte River, Lake McConaughy reservoir stores water which is later used for irrigation. (Photo credit: Google Earth)

New Article Traces Aspects of the History of Irrigation in the Great Plains and Water Productivity

March 23, 2022
A review of the history of irrigation in the Great Plains region from a geographical, technical and political perspective, as well as how it has impacted water resources.

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Pivot irrigation

New Bill Would Change Nebraska Drainage Law

February 24, 2022
UNL Extension Water Law and Agricultural Law Specialist Dave Aiken discusses the potential impacts of Legislative Bill 806 on Nebraska farmers and landowners.

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Pivot irrigation
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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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