Another dry winter in Nebraska could mean irrigation restrictions next year
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Severe weather, high winds and a lack of rainfall all worked against Nebraska’s farmers this summer.
But the trouble started with much lower than average precipitation last winter.
Nebraska’s water managers are keeping a close eye on the water level in the Ogallala Aquifer as we head into another La Nina winter.
During La Nina periods, the Pacific Ocean cools down, leading to dry winters in the Plains region of the U.S.
If this winter again brings little precipitation, water usage for irrigation and, potentially, household consumption could be restricted.
Nate Jenkins of the Upper Republican Natural Resources District told Nebraska Public Media that the board could vote to reduce the amount of water given to farmers.