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Nebraska Water Planning Brochure

Agency Water Management and Regulatory Roles

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History of Water Management

Over the years, Nebraska has developed a variety of administrative structures and processes to manage water uses and supplies.

Why is Statewide Water Planning Important?

Nebraska contains many lakes, streams, canals, and aquifers that are hydrologically connected in very complex systems.

What is Statewide Water Planning?

Managing and appropriating the state’s entire water supply is a daunting task; therefore, it is not controlled by a sole entity, but rather by various agencies, departments, and legislative groups that work together and share information in order to negotiate the responsible usage of water throughout the state.

Who is Involved in Statewide Water Planning? How is it Done?






Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ)

Federal Involvement

Nebraska's administration of water is bounded by federal regulations and impacted by the involvement of federal agencies. Three of the most significant regulations are the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Reclamation Act.

Interstate Groups and Organizations



Supporting Roles