October 1, 2014
UNL groundwater geologist Jesse Korus says the state experienced a wet period from spring 2009 to spring 2010 that contributed to the continued increase in groundwater levels dating to 2007. But due to widespread drought from 2000 to 2007, those levels still reflect a depleted groundwater supply.
The most recent groundwater level map details changes from spring 2009 until this past spring.
The map shows areas that saw the greatest gains in groundwater levels were along the Missouri River in eastern Nebraska, which saw gains of 5 feet or more, and Lake McConaughy in western Nebraska, where levels rose more than 2 feet.