Lawmakers Seek Water Sustainability Funding

A couple Nebraska lawmakers are hoping to help the state avoid drought and other water-related problems by investing in water projects across the state.

Possible projects could address flood control, increase water supply in areas of scarcity and rehabilitate infrastructure.

Sen. Tom Carlson of Holdrege introduced a bill that would provide $50 million a year, beginning in October 2015. Sen. Ken Schilz of Ogallala introduced a bill that would provide a one-time $50 million appropriation.

Carlson says Nebraska needs to get to a point of water sustainability, in which the state doesn't use more water than its supply.

Last year, the Legislature created a Water Funding Task Force, which came up with a process for approving water projects.

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