12/12 - 2019 Water Seminar Series shares water conservation, management insights from Nebraska NRDs

LINCOLN, Nebraska, December 12, 2018 – The Nebraska Water Center (NWC), in partnership with the School of Natural Resources (SNR) at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL), will kick-off its annual Spring Water Seminar Series with a Jan. 16 lecture by Jeff Fassett, director of the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources. All lectures are free, open to the public and held 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the First Floor Auditorium at Hardin Hall located at the northeast corner of 33rdand Holdrege streets on UNL’s East Campus.

This year’s theme is Natural Resources Districts (NRD) Priorities and Challenges. Unlike the rest of the country, NRDs in Nebraska are based on river basin boundaries, enabling them toapproach natural resources management on a watershed basis. There are 23 NRDs in Nebraska and each district is autonomous, governed by a locally-elected Board of Directors that set its own priorities and develops its own programs to best serve local needs.

 Insights from NRDs prove useful in assessing statewide issues and solutions involving water conservation and management. The NWC’s Spring Water Seminar Series provides a forum to increase awareness of water issues and engage in thoughtful discussion surrounding the wise management of Nebraska's surface and groundwater resources. The series began in 1968 as a spring semester program for students, faculty, water professionals and the public to hear experts address current water issues. Students can take the seminar series for one hour of credit through SNR and other UNL departments.

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About the Nebraska Water Center

The Nebraska Water Center was established by Congressional mandate as one of 54 Water Resources Research Institutes in 1964. The center focuses on helping the University of Nebraska become an international leader in water research, teaching, extension and outreach.After 50 years, its fundamental goals have not changed. The Water Center helps arrange research addressing water problems or understanding of water; helps new water researchers; trains future water researchers and engineers; and publishes water research results to water professionals and the public through publications, research colloquiums and conferences, lectures and tours. It is part of the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska.

Learn more at watercenter.unl.edu.