Lawsuits predicted if irrigation is restricted


September 4, 2013

LINCOLN— Nebraska officials will likely face more court battles if they try to limit groundwater irrigation near the Republican River to conserve water, a state lawmaker says. The state is already mired in litigation, and a lingering drought has raised concerns about whether Nebraska will have enough water to meet its obligations. Access to the Republican River’s water is spelled out in a 1943 compact involving Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas.