Agricultural Economics Department


Date of this Version

February 2002


Published in Cornhusker Economics, 02/27/2002. Produced by the Cooperative Extension, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.


Nebraska statutes authorize Natural Resources Districts (NRDs) and the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to regulate groundwater and surface water uses respectively, when there is insufficient water for all uses. These 1996 “integrated water management” authorities have yet to be implemented. This newsletter describes (1) the general framework of the Nebraska Groundwater Management & Protection Act (GMPA), and (2) the special GMPA integrated water management options.