State water officials have reversed a decision that would have limited water use in the lower Platte River basin.
Brian Dunnigan, director of the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources, says the state had overestimated how much water was pumped from the river on average.
He will issue a notice later this week that the river is not fully appropriated.
Hundreds of farmers and others came to hearings to criticize the original ruling that the river was fully appropriated.
The designation would have required the development of management plans involving the department, local natural resources districts, irrigators and others with an interest in the water.
Dunnigan says some of those plans still will be developed for future water use.