Agricultural Economics Department


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Published in Cornhusker Economics, 02/20/2008. Produced by the Cooperative Extension, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.


On December 19, 2007 the state of Kansas informed the state of Nebraska that we are out of compliance with the Republican River Compact settlement. Kansas wants us to immediately cut back Republican Basin water consumption by 27 percent. A June 2007 study by the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources (DNR) indicates that our supply from the Republican River will significantly decline over time. These two developments mean it is time to implement a permanent state/local funded irrigation rollback (i.e. reduction) in the Republican Basin.