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Work to keep Ogallala Aquifer flowing continues (AUDIO)

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An effort continues to preserve the Ogallala Aquifer, one of the great water resources in the United States that agriculture depends on. The Ogallala Aquifer Initiative actually began in 2010 and ran for five years. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service wants to keep it going. State Conservationist Craig Derickson notes the importance of the […]

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Grand Island water park marks first death since ’94 opening

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A five-year-old Lincoln girl died Saturday at the Island Oasis water park in Grand Island. City Administrator Marlan Ferguson says the incident happened in the water park’s wave pool area but the machine wasn’t running at the time. Ferguson says the incident is under investigation. “As we review the details of the tragic situation, Island […]

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Oregon woman dies after falling into Nebraska lake

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A 74-year-old Oregon woman has died after slipping off a dock at a northeast Nebraska lake and falling into the water. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has not released the name of the woman from Oakland, Oregon. According to Game and Parks, witnesses report the woman was boating with her family at Willow Creek […]

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Before you get into that boat, take some time for safety (AUDIO)

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Summer is the perfect time to get out on the water in that boat. But, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission wants you to be safe on the water. And, the biggest boating problem is the bottle. “I would say about 70% of the accidents could probably be avoided if alcohol was not involved,” Herb […]

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Nebraska man drowns in Missouri River after helping save children

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A Nebraska man who jumped into the Missouri River to save four children got swept away in the current and drowned. The children survived. 31-year-old Elias Salvador of Omaha couldn’t hang onto a tree branch and the rushing water of the rain-swollen Missouri overcame him. Divers recovered the body of Salvador Sunday evening, about five […]

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Corps says system should handle rise along the Missouri River system (AUDIO)

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Heavy rains this spring have raised water levels on the Missouri River, but the Army Corps of Engineers says it’s nothing it can’t handle. May runoff in the Missouri River Basin above Sioux City was 110% of normal. June rains increased flows on many tributaries. The above normal runoff in May is attributed to heavy […]

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Ricketts taps private engineer with public background to lead DNR

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Gov. Pete Ricketts has chosen an engineer in the private sector with a public sector background to be the new Nebraska Department of Natural Resources Director. Jeff Fassett currently is the Director of the Water Rights Strategic Program for HDR Engineering. At HDR, Fassett worked on water supply, water rights, and water resources development projects […]

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High water creates a few problems at SE Nebraska recreation sites

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High water is playing havoc with state recreation areas in southeastern Nebraska. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reports roadway 5 at Stagecoach State Recreation Area (SRA) has been barricaded because of high water. Campgrounds, at present, are accessible. They could be temporarily closed if the water continues to rise. Lakeside drives on Bluestem SRA […]

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Ex-city clerk in Riverton suspected of embezzling

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State auditors have identified more than $30,000 in “questionable and possibly fraudulent” payments made by the south-central Nebraska village of Riverton. The audit says most of the money went to former village clerk Kelly Jackson and her husband, Jeremy Jackson, a former water operator. State Auditor Charlie Janssen said Monday that his office has referred […]

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Sec. of Agriculture Vilsack says feds responding to avian flu outbreak (AUDIO)

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Federal agriculture officials say they are responding to stop avian flu, which has now spread to Nebraska. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack says sloppiness might well contribute to the spread of avian flu, hitting hard the Iowa poultry industry and now in Nebraska. Some producers have used pond water for their flocks, pond water that […]

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Missing UNL student appears to have been swept away by highwater

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It appears a University of Nebraska-Lincoln student missing for more than a week was swept away by rapidly moving water in a Lincoln creek. Lincoln Police Chief Jim Peschong says a local business has stepped forward with surveillance footage that appears to show 30-year-old Anwesha Dey fall into Antelope Creek on Sunday, May 3rd. “The […]

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Floodwaters close numerous roads in Nebraska

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Flooding brought on by the severe weather which roared through Nebraska has made a number of highways impassable this morning. The Nebraska Department of Roads and the Nebraska State Patrol closed several highways due to high water. Both NDOR and NSP remind motorists not to drive around road closure barricades or attempt to driver through […]

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