The Ground Water Management and Protection Act (Neb. Rev. Stat. §§ 46-701 through 46-753) outlines the requirements for NeDNR to annually evaluate the expected long-term availability of hydrologically connected water supplies. This evaluation is intended to identify when existing water uses may have insufficient water supplies now or in the future, such that integrated management planning efforts are required to be initiated. Completion of the annual evaluation is not required for river basins, subbasins, or reaches for which an integrated management plan is either being developed or already exists. At this time, all of the Natural Resources Districts throughout the state are currently participating in either a required or voluntary integrated management plan and the NeDNR does not have new information that would suggest that conducting the annual evaluation in 2018 would result any different conclusions than those that were reached in the 2017 annual evaluation. Therefore, a comprehensive annual evaluation was not conducted for 2018.
If in the future NeDNR has reason to believe that a reevaluation may lead to a different determination as to whether a river basin, subbasin, or reach is fully or over-appropriated, NeDNR may perform an evaluation at that time.
Below are links to the 2017 annual evaluation and abbreviated 2018 annual evaluation.
View Report Chapters
- Report Summary and Table of Contents
- Blue River Basins
- Lower Niobrara River Basin
- Lower Platte River Basin
- Missouri Tributary Basins
- Basin Summaries and Results
- Appendix A - Nebraska Administrative Code Title 457 Chapter 24
- Appendix B - Public Notices and Additional Information Received from Interested Parties
- Appendix C - Computation of Rate and Volume of Stream Depletion by Wells
- Appendix D - Net Irrigation Requirement
- Appendix E - Development of Groundwater Irrigated Acres per Well
- Appendix F - Basic Assumptions Used in Development of the Department of Natural Resources Proposed Method to Determine Whether a Stream and the Hydrologically Connected Groundwater Aquifers are Fully Appropriated