Nebraska Water Center seminars feature water, wildlife, and livestock


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The Nebraska Water Center (NWC), in partnership with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s School of Natural Resources, will begin its annual Spring Water Seminar Series in January. The 2024 series will consider water, wildlife, and livestock in Nebraska and beyond. The Series is open to the public and will be held at Hardin Hall on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln East Campus at 3:30 p.m. every other Wednesday.  Each seminar can also be viewed 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 2024 seminars feature a broad slate of researchers and specialists. Speakers from across the country will consider how water quality and quantity impact livestock health and production, as well as wildlife habitat and endangered species.

Established in 1968, the series provides a forum to increase awareness and allow for meaningful conversation regarding these issues. The series is a cornerstone of NWC’s mission to help the University of Nebraska become an international leader in water research, teaching, extension, and outreach.

The 2024 seminars include:

  • January 31 – Liz Van Wormer, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, One Health
  • February 14 – Scott White, Klamath Drainage District in Oregon – Drought, water policy, and impacts to wildlife and livestock
  • February 28 – Mark Vrtiska, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Waterfowl and endangered species in Nebraska
  • March 20 – Miranda Meehan, North Dakota State University, Livestock health and water
  • April 3 – Jessica Corman, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Aquatic ecology and water quality
  • April 17 – Amy Schmidt, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Manure management and water quality
  • May 1 – Kevin Pope, Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Unit, Fisheries and prairie streams

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