A new task force has set to work in identifying water conservation projects and funding sources to ensure Nebraska has a sustainable supply.
Members met for the first time on Friday to try to address the conflicting priorities for how water is used throughout the state. The task force is required to report its recommendations back to the Legislature by the year's end.
The chairman, state Sen. Tom Carlson of Holdrege, says Nebraska needs to develop a new approach to avoid a "bankruptcy situation" in which the state consistently uses more than it receives.
The 34-member task force includes state lawmakers, members of the Natural Resources Commission, and appointed members who represent cities, sportsmen, irrigation and power districts, and farm and ranching interests.