LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A
proposal to identify long-term water conservation projects in Nebraska
has cleared a key hurdle in the Legislature, but lawmakers will likely
scale it back to reduce its cost.
Lawmakers gave first-round
approval Thursday to a bill that would create a 28-member water task
force. The group would identify water-project needs, organize them and
recommend a set of priorities to the Legislature.
Sen. Tom Carlson
of Holdrege introduced the bill in the wake of a drought that affected
the entire state. The Natural Resources Committee chairman says Nebraska
needs to act quickly to ensure that the water supply is sustainable.
proposal would cost about $3 million, mostly for consultants and
research within a six-month window. Lawmakers are looking at ways to
reduce the cost.