WATER LAW 101 – Part 6: Sharing water with other states and using water within the state | Farm and ranch
Likewise, even though groundwater is considered public property in Nebraska, you still need permission from the landowner to access that groundwater if you don’t own the land yourself. Public property does not give the public an unrestricted right of access to the public resource.
We have come to the end of this series, but by no means the end of the ongoing water story.
Great resources for this series and more information include ACEN 457/857 Water Law Class, David Aiken, JD, University of Nebraska; “Flatwater: A History of Nebraska and its Water;” “An Atlas of Sand Hills;” “The Nebraska Groundwater Atlas” (1998 and 2013 editions); and “USGS Estimated Water Use in the United States” (C1344 and C1441).
The University of Nebraska Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the Daugherty Food Water World Institute, the Nebraska Water Center and other partners at local, state and federal are the world leaders in water research. The leadership, research and education provided by these partnerships will ensure efficient use of water and the stewardship of this finite resource for the state and its residents for years to come.
Water, our finite resource, has many uses. Agriculture, home, power generation, wildlife and habitat, aesthetics and recreation are just a few of these uses.
Water is life, life is water.