Nebraska contains many lakes, streams, canals, and aquifers that are hydrologically connected in very complex systems.
These water systems are essential for a variety of beneficial uses, including drinking water, irrigation, recreation, and habitat for fish and wildlife. They also have a significant influence on the state’s economy. Removing and using water from lakes, streams, or aquifers without sufficient precipitation or other water flowing in to replenish the system can affect many industries vital to Nebraska’s economy, including agriculture. Nebraska’s water supply is a finite resource that must be carefully monitored and managed to protect future supplies for existing water users, prevent contamination or improper usage, and comply with agreements with other states regarding water consumption.