The Kearney Hub Quotes: “State Department of Natural Resources Director Jeff Fassett said he liked the “Good Stuff Does Happen” topic for the panel presentations at Monday’s joint convention of the Nebraska State Irrigation and Nebraska Water Resources associations. Fassett said it’s a busy and exciting time to be involved in water issues. “I’m hopeful we’re shifting away from a time of fussing with each other to a time of investing” in projects, he added.
Moderator and state Sen. Dan Hughes of Venango said that with water, “It’s never simple. There are a lot of moving parts.” Water laws have set many standards, he said, but addressing issues also involves “making it up as we go along.” Fassett, a former Wyoming state engineer, focused on funding. He said Wyoming has state and energy funds not available in Nebraska, so more cooperation between local, state and federal interests is required to get things done.”