Nebraska river basin coalition developing a water plan

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Seven of Nebraska’s natural resources districts are developing a plan to protect the water supply in the Lower Platte River Basin.

The districts are working with the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources and studying ways to meet the region’s domestic, industrial and agricultural water needs.

The Lower Platte River Basin includes more than 25,000 square miles in eastern and central Nebraska, encompassing nearly one-third of the state from the Sandhills to the Missouri River. The basin provides irrigation, industrial and drinking water to more than half of the state’s residents.

The coalition says a current inventory of the basin shows a significant surplus of water. Water managers say they’re working to store some of the supply for drought years.