GROUNDWATER LEVELS IN NEBRASKA; THE AFTERMATH OF THE 2012 DROUGHT
Groundwater in Nebraska is inextricably linked to maintaining a strong agricultural economy, as well as providing clean safe drinking water to the state’s residents. Therefore, Nebraska has a long history of monitoring statewide groundwater-level changes dating back to 1930. Yearly maps comparing groundwater levels to predevelopment values have been produced since the early 1950’s. In previous years, groundwater levels were based on annual measurements taken in approximately 5,000 wells statewide. New technologies allow us to monitor groundwater levels in real-time, on an hourly basis at 53 sites across the state. This new technology allows us to better understand groundwater-level trends in Nebraska, and potentially limit the impact of future drought events such as the drought of 2012.