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Cornhusker Economics, August 25, 1999, agecon.unl.edu/cornhuskereconomics
There is currently considerable speculation and concern over the possibility of using reduced groundwater pumping to augment stream flow. This option has been raised as a possibility for helping Nebraska meet its compact obligations on the Republican River and as a means of providing part of the instream flow needs in the Big Bend reach of the Platte. The merits of this option depend on hydrology, value judgements regarding property rights and entitlements and on the economic cost of reduced pumping. This paper addresses only the question of economic cost.