Doug Hallum

Doug Hallum

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Title Hydrogeologist
Address 402 West State Farm Road
North Platte NE
Phone 308-696-6743
FAX 309-696-6780

Hi, I'm Doug Hallum, a Survey Hydrogeologist in the Conservation and Survey Division. I have the privilege of serving you from the West Central Research and Extension Center in North Platte.

My background contains a variety of relevant experiences, including recent investigations of the aquifer framework of the High Plains Aquifer and mapping the spatio-temporal relationships of groundwater and surface water along the North Platte and South Platte Rivers. I've done extensive work on regional accounting models across Nebraska, and have worked with a group of local, state and federal partners to collect light detection and ranging (LiDAR) data statewide to improve and refine our knowledge of Nebraska's topography. I helped the State of Nebraska develop integrated management plans, and interstate agreements to support water management policies. Before using my skills to assist Nebraska successfully engage in conjunctive water resources management, I ran a small business, consulted in oil and gas exploration, and consulted in environmental remediation and environmental site assessment. I began my career as an intern with the U.S. Geological Survey at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal in Commerce City, Colorado.

Since I have diverse experience, my interests are broad, and center on posing and answering questions from various perspectives. Primarily I am interested in water models and their relationships to physical reality; developing public policy from science and physical data, or from models; and government at various temporal and spatial scales.

Selected Publications

Hallum, D., Lackey, S. and Sibray, S. 2018 Results of Test-Hole Drilling for Observation Well Planning in the Lower Loup Natural Resources District, Spring 2017; Conservation & Survey Division. pp. 52 Online
Hallum, D.R., 2018, Geology of a Deep Test Hole in Southwest Nebraska, poster abstract in The Fourth Biennial Field Conference of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Midcontinent Section Fourth Biennial Field Conference Abstracts and Guidebook, Lincoln, NE. Online
Hallum, Douglas and Susan Lackey. 2017. Results of Test-Hole Drilling for Observation Well Planning in the Upper Loup Natural Resources District, Fall 2016. North Platte, NE: Conservation and Survey Division, University of Nebraska - Lincoln. PP. 33 Online
Sibray, S.S. and Hallum, D.R.. 2017. Petroleum Pipelines - Facts and Safety. Nebr. Extension. EC3003. 10 pp. Online
Jesse T. Korus, Leslie M. Howard, Aaron R. Young, Dana P. Divine, Mark E. Burbach, J. Michael Jess, and Douglas R. Hallum. (2013). The Groundwater Atlas of Nebraska, Conservation and Survey Division, University of Nebraska, Resource Atlas 4b.


  • 2014 – John C. Frye Memorial Award awarded by Association of American State Geologists 

SNR Program Area(s)

  • Environmental Science

Affiliations (index)

Areas of Interest

  • Models and their relationships to physical reality
  • Developing public policy from science and physical data, or from models
  • Water Governance
  • Geology
  • Groundwater
  • Surface Water
  • Hydrogeology
  • Ecohydrology
  • Evapotranispiration
  • Physical Geography
  • Geographic Information Systems/GIS
  • LiDAR Derived Elevation

Currently this page only displays grants that were awarded on 1/1/2009 to the present. If a grant was awarded prior to 1/1/2009 and is still active, it will not be displayed on this page.

Grant Title Middle Republican Hydrogeologic Framework and Groundwater Observation Network (Additional Funding)
Starting Date 6/19/2017
Principal Investigators
Jesse Korus
Troy Gilmore
Doug Hallum
Ending Date 5/31/2020
Funding Level $70,500.00
Funding Source Middle Republican NRD

Grant Title Hydrogeologic Framework Studies of Portions of the Niobrara River
Starting Date 11/18/2016
Principal Investigators
Doug Hallum
Les Howard
Steve Sibray
Ending Date 6/30/2017
Funding Level $22,000.00
Funding Source Nebraska Department of Natural Resources

Grant Title Middle Republican Hydrogeologic Framework and Groundwater Observation Network
Starting Date 5/24/2016
Principal Investigators
Jesse Korus
Doug Hallum
Ending Date 5/23/2017
Funding Level $17,397.00
Funding Source Middle Republican NRD


SNR Speakers Bureau

What I can speak about:

geology, hydrogeology, water management of surface and groundwater, models

When I am most available to speak:

Contact for availability

What target audiences I am most comfortable speaking to:

  • Pre-K/Elementary School
  • Middle/High School
  • College
  • OLLI - lifelong learning for adults 50 years and older)
  • General Public
  • Families
  • Technical