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A Packed House at Central District's Water Users Meeting

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Water usage is a hot topic for many in the area, especially for many area farmers.

Water and agriculture go hand in hand but is needed for life to survive in general, and the ways of sustaining that water supply for everyone continues to be a main focus at meetings like yesterday's central district water users meeting in Holdrege.

Outlook for irrigation was a main topic of discussion.

Last year allocations between North Platte and Minden were close to 10 inches.

This year the outlook is expected to be about 9 inches.

The area is allowed 15 inches at most, but since Lake McConaughy is lower this year they planned to use less.

"It's just not in Lake McConaughy. We want to have it be sustainable so we can use some this year and some again next year and hope things improve with rainfall and drought conditions. So yes we are willingly limiting ourselves to nine inches of surface water this year," said Dave Dahlgren, President of the Central District Water Users.

It was a packed house for the meeting.

Local central irrigation customers were all invited to attend, as well as ask questions in regard to subject matter that can become complex for many.

Officials say it's important for customers to understand the matters at hand.

As things are always changing when it comes it water.

"The only thing that is certain is change. And the water issues keep changing. The amount of water keeps changing, where it goes keeps changing. It's all about staking out your claim to the sustainability of that water," said Dahlgren.

Other issues such as progression of the J-2 regulating reservoir project and the complete report on the study of the groundwater mound beneath central's service area were also highly covered topics.

Officials say more allocations for irrigation may still be used if water rises this spring, and that thankfully farmers are becoming more efficient with their techniques in regards to water usage.


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