Agricultural Economics Department


Date of this Version

October 2007


Published in Cornhusker Economics, 10/10/2007. Produced by the Cooperative Extension, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.


Irrigators, the Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) and the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are involved in conflicts between irrigators and NPPD over Niobrara River water use. This newsletter will discuss the role of priority and preferences in Nebraska surface water law, DNR priority administration, loss of appropriations and how similar power-irrigation priority disputes have been resolved in the Loup River Basin.