Leaving a Legacy of WaterWritten by Jacqueline Skarda
Water is making headlines lately.
Last year, we didn't have enough.
Who knows what is in store for this year.
Folks in Gothenburg were collaborating on the effort to preserve our precious resource.
We need it to farm.
To keep in compliance with federal and state law.
And to keep our natural habitats.
“We're trying to pull together a synergistic look at a lot of people who have good ideas for maybe how we can manage water better. We live in a state where at least half of the state relies on irrigation to even get a crop. In years like last year, the whole state was impacted,” says Lorre McKeone, Exec. Dir., NE Water Balance Alliance.
Water is becoming more and more of a collaborative effort in the Midwest.
The Nebraska Water Balance Alliance wants to be part of that.
At Thursday's Water Summit in Gothenburg, topics were centered around an industry that ever changing due in large part to technology.
“It's evolving way faster. It used to take years to bring this to the forefront and to make these changes. We're making them almost by the day, by the week, by the hour to the point where we can do those kinds of things in agriculture,” says Roric Paulman, Chairman, NE Water Balance Alliance.
The summit was primarily for those on the water advisory board who supported the nonprofit.
It brought people from all parts of the process who wanted to ask questions, find answers and share ideas.
“How do we get that kind of technology and tools and who is all working on them? Whether it's academia, public power, rural electrics, producers or stakeholders. So how do we do that and where's the place to do it?” says Paulman.
The alliance wants to find ways to utilize the water with the least amount of economic impact.
And while there may not be just one right answer, the important thing is that the topics are being discussed in a collective effort to leave a legacy of water.
For more on the Nebraska Water Balance Alliance, visit their website, nebraskawaterbalance.com.