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Published by the Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Copyright 2009, Regents of the University of Nebraska.


On April 8, 2009, the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources (DNR) determined that the Lower Platte River Basin was not yet fully-appropriated. On April 6, Nebraska Governor Heineman signed Legislative Bill (LB) 483, which established procedures to limit new irrigation development in areas like the Lower Platte Basin. Last week’s newsletter (April 15), discussed how LB483 requires the 14 affected natural resource districts (NRDs) to prepare plans to limit new high-capacity wells, in order to maintain the basin’s not fully-appropriated status. This week’s newsletter discusses how the LB483 NRDs might propose to limit new irrigation wells.