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This NebGuide describes the regulatory agencies of Nebraska's natural resources including their responsibilities and services. Issues in natural resources programs are discussed.

In Nebraska's system of state and local government, primary responsibility for protecting and preserving natural resources is assigned to the Nebraska Natural Resources Commission (NRC), the Nebraska Department of Water Resources (DWR) and 23 Natural Resources Districts (NRDs). Both NRC and DWR are state agencies, while NRDs are political subdivisions (local units of government). The activities of each have expanded over time as the public's interest in protecting natural resources has grown more intense.