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“It’s a worn-out phrase to say that ‘water is the lifeblood of the state,’ but it is worn out because it is true.”
Long Pine Creek
Although the above words were spoken in the early 1990s by then-Nebraska Governor Ben Nelson, they are still very true today.
Water is vital to Nebraska. In fact, groundwater provides approximately 85 percent of the water used for human consumption in Nebraska.
With approximately half of the state’s cropland under irrigation (see brief history of irrigation in Nebraska), agriculture, by far, is the leading consumer of water.”