A special master appointed by the U.S. Supreme Court has recommended that Nebraska pay Kansas $5 million in damages in their dispute over the Republican River Basin, far less than the $80 million demanded by Kansas.
The draft report released Wednesday was the newest twist in an ongoing water-sharing dispute between the states.
Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning says lawyers in his office believe the $5 million recommendation is still too high, but they're pleased that the larger demand was rejected. The special master also recommended that Kansas' request for future water restrictions for Nebraska be denied.
The report is subject to additional changes. Lawyers for both states will have the chance to comment on the recommendations on Jan. 24.