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Update from the Water War Front

I have stated before that THE issue of this century for western states including Nebraska will be water–who gets to use it, and how much is left for fish & wildlife and outdoor recreation.  Once again let me post a little reminder that ran on the news last week, Farmers Voice Concerns at Water Limit Hearing in York.  Take a minute and watch the video, read through the article.

Now if you took the time to read and listen, let me wonder if anything was said about water in rivers and streams in that area?  Headwater streams of the Big Blue River originate within the borders of the Upper Big Blue Natural Resource District, do you suppose groundwater use in that district has any impact on river and stream flows?  Why was it ever called the Big “Blue” River?  Folks are already seeing impacts of groundwater development on their home wells, how about the rivers and streams?  Do fish & wildlife survive on 5-year averages?  How much water is there for fish & wildlife and outdoor recreation in that district?  Could they use more?  Or less?

Think about it.

Get involved.

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About Daryl Bauer

Daryl is a lifelong resident of Nebraska (except for a couple of years spent going to graduate school in South Dakota). He has been employed as a fisheries biologist for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for 25 years, and his current tour of duty is as the fisheries outreach program manager. Daryl loves to share his educational knowledge and is an avid multi-species angler. He holds more than 120 Nebraska Master Angler Awards for 14 different species and holds more than 30 In-Fisherman Master Angler Awards for eight different species. He loves to talk fishing and answer questions about fishing in Nebraska, be sure to check out his blog at outdoornebraska.org.

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