The Lincoln Journal Star Quotes: “Ever since the article appeared on the front page of the Journal Star, we have received numerous phone calls, emails and in-person visits from worried people asking us: “Is our aquifer really drying up? What can we do about it?”
There are valid issues in the article (“Water levels drop in aquifer,” Nov. 14) that must be addressed in each of the states impacted by declining groundwater supplies. However, we can reassure our fellow citizens that in almost all of Nebraska, our water supply is doing fine. We start with this statistic: According to U.S. Geological Survey reports, Nebraska’s High Plains aquifer has experienced a net loss of only one-tenth of 1 percent of its volume of water, which in 2009 was 2.040 billion acre-feet.
Nebraska’s vast groundwater supplies are stored in subsurface rock formations (i.e., the aquifers) and are being carefully managed by our local Natural Resources Districts in conjunction with the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources. Great credit is also due to the many farmers and producers who are using new technologies and conservation methods to help sustain those waters.”