Agricultural Economics Department


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Cornhusker Economics (November 6, 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.


Nebraska faces increasing challenges to its water resources due to changing climate, mounting demand for freshwater, aging infrastructure, declining aquatic species and declining water tables and stream flows in some areas, with unprecedented floods in others. These challenges require new and innovative leadership approaches for sustainable water management. In response, the Nebraska Water Leaders Academy (NWLA) was created through a partnership between the Nebraska State Irrigation Association and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, to prepare Nebraska’s future leaders in the water arena to meet these challenges. The NWLA was designed to offer an educational and developmental experience to mid-level professionals. Information is presented by experts from various technical disciplines in six sessions, which are held throughout the state of Nebraska over the course of one year. Topics include, but are not limited to, basic hydrology, economics, social issues and competing uses of water in Nebraska. The Academy also includes a strong leadership development component.