Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

February 1994


Published in Great Plains Research 4:1 (February 1994). Copyright © 1994 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Used by permission.


Flat Water: A History of Nebraska and Its Water contains, as the title suggests, a detailed and intriguing account of the history of water development and use and of the leading figures in this process. The title is a bit misleading because this book goes beyond providing a simple historical account of the development of water resources in Nebraska. Appropriately, the book begins with a summary of the evidence of occupation by Native Americans during the last 11,000 years and their uses of water, which range from construction of boiling pits for the preparation of food to diversion of stream waters for irrigation.