Water research and conservation projects could receive millions in state aid.
This funding would come courtesy of a measure advanced by committee, funneling $31.5 million into the projects.
The measure would help pay for current, unfinished natural resources projects for both land and water. It also will fund new efforts to keep Nebraska's water supply sustainable.
Committee members voted to use $20 million from the state's cash reserve, $11 million from general fund, and nearly $500,000 left over from a Nebraska water task force.
Nebraska would continue to spend $11 million on water projects in future budgets, which is roughly double the current amount.
The proposal still requires approval in the full legislature.