2020 Spring Seminar Series focuses on current issues in Nebraska water

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The Nebraska Water Center (NWC), in partnership with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s School of Natural Resources, began its annual Spring Water Seminar Series in January. This year, the focus was on current issues related to Nebraska water. The public series took place most Wednesdays throughout the spring from 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. in the Hardin Hall Auditorium and online via Zoom.

In addition, the series – with writing assignments and in-class, student-led discussions on alternate weeks – doubles as a one-credit hour undergraduate/graduate course listed under NRES/AGRO/GEOG/GEOL 484/884 and WATS 484. Students interested in registering should be junior level or above. The series was also be livestreamed from the Nebraska Water Center homepage.

This year, the series included a wide range of lecturers from across the country and around the state. Together they provided diverse perspectives on water, from groundwater modeling to supplying water to thirsty cities. With the recent devastating flooding, recognizing the state’s ever-changing water issues is as essential as ever. Established in 1968, the series provides a forum to increase awareness and allow for meaningful conversation regarding these issues.

This year lecturers included:

  • January 22 – John Nieber, University of Minnesota, “Vadose Zone Processes and Modeling” (Williams Lecture)
  • February 5 – Shannon Bartelt-Hunt, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, “Water Quality + Citizen Science Project”
  • February 19 – Laura Johnson, Heidelberg University in Tiffin, OH., “Nutrient Dynamics in Agricultural Ecosystems”
  • March 4 – Roric Paulman, Paulman Farms, “Through a Farmer’s Eyes” (Kremer Lecture)
  • March 18 – Keith Miller, Hastings Utilities; Jim Shields, Metropolitan Utilities District; and Steve Owen, City of Lincoln, “Municipal Water Management”
  • April 8 – Christopher Olson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, “Know Your Well Project”
  • April 22 – Sorab Panday, GSI Environmental Inc. & University of Nebraska-Lincoln, “Understand Your Water Resource with Groundwater Modeling”