Agricultural Economics Department


Date of this Version



Cornhusker Economics (August 7, 2013)


Published by University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension, Institute of Agriculture & Natural Resources, Department of Agricultural Economics. Copyright © [2013] Board of Regents, University of Nebraska.


The most significant Republican River Compact (RRC) challenge for Nebraska has been staying within its compact water allotment in dry years. After a 2009 ruling that existing Natural Resources District (NRD) ground water regulations did not cut back water use enough to keep Nebraska in compliance during “water short years,” the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Republican Basin NRDs developed new ground water regulations banning pumping from “rapid response” wells during dry years. These historic NRD dry-year plans are the subject of this newsletter.