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In answer to the rhetorical question, Water usage-who cares?, I considered listing the thousands of species of aquatic plants and animals that inhabit and depend upon the surface waters of Nebraska. But this would take too long, and I don't know them all anyway. However, I must defend the nonhuman species' rights to habitat. There are many frameworks to justify their continued existence: economic, aesthetic, and philosophic, to name a few.
Having been active in the environmental movement of the 70's in Nebraska, I can assure you that it has so diverse a following that I cannot possibly presume to speak for all of them. Thus my remarks primarily reflect my feelings, but probably mirror the thoughts and feelings of many Nebraska environmentalists and conservationists.