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Nebraska researchers join national team studying psychology of water use
Six University of Nebraska researchers will join colleagues at Penn State University, Arizona State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (USDA/ARS) to develop a model for engaging communities and stakeholders to ensure adequate supplies of good-quality water both for and from agriculture.

“Airlift Environmental” commercializing University of Nebraska research into an innovative technology for groundwater cleanup
A Lincoln-based startup company that specializes in innovative, research-based ways of removing industrial solvents and petroleum-based pollutants from groundwater is taking off.

Know Your Well program gets sampling start at Waverly High
Students at Waverly High School, not far from Lincoln, were the among the first of what will be students from sixteen schools different across Nebraska to learn more about possible contaminants in their well water.

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Water tour to central Platte River basin June 27-29, 2017
The summer Water and Natural Resources Tour will look at surface and groundwater issues in the central Platte River basin June 27-29.

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Water tour to central Platte River basin June 27-29

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Permanganate Candles Clean Contamination at Former Cozad Landfill

The synergy created from an experienced researcher mentoring promising and creative graduate students has resulted in a seemingly effective and low-cost solution to groundwater contamination at a former central Nebraska landfill.

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Permanganate Candles

Irrigation Management Project Expands

University of Nebraska Extension Educator Randy Pryor said it all started when he learned about the success of the Nebraska Agricultural Water Management Demonstration Network (NAWMDN) in 2007. He and City of Wilber Water Manager Jerry Petracek ordered watermark sensors and an ETgage through a Wilber Wellhead Sourcewater Grant.

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Steve Comfort taking readings

Partnership of UNL, Private Firm Works to Clean Contaminated Groundwater

Sometimes rather thorny and extensive groundwater contamination problems can be overcome with the right combination of innovation, experimentation and partnership.

That's what a researcher at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources is hoping will provide a possible answer for cleaning up a large plume of contaminated groundwater just east of Grand Island.

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Mapping Evapotranspiration

Mapping Evapotranspiration

Evapotranspiration, or ET, is loss of water through evaporation from the earth's surface, including open water and plant surfaces, and plant transpiration, or how a plant grows by passing water from its roots up through its stem and leaves to the atmosphere (Source: Derrel Martin, UNL Biological Systems Engineering. Watershed Water Balance: The Role of ET and Consumptive Use.)

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