LINCOLN — Unlike in Texas, groundwater levels in the aquifer beneath Nebraska have generally remained healthy, but officials aren't sure if that will continue, as farmers continue to irrigate.
Experts at the U.S. Geologic Survey agency that studies the vast underground body of water that stretches beneath eight states say they can't predict how the aquifer will fare.
Steve Peterson, lead hydrologist for the High Plains Groundwater Availability Study, said the aquifer's future will depend on regulations and water-management decisions farmers and officials make.
In Texas and other Southern Plains states, groundwater levels have fallen more than 150 feet compared with the era before irrigation, Peterson said.
Peterson is working on a new report, due out this fall, that will look at groundwater problems. — AP
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