Introduction

Water studies examine the physical and geochemical characteristics of aquifers, the quantity, quality and integrated management of groundwater and surface water, the effects of climate change and protection of water supplies. The water program also involves monitoring groundwater levels, computer simulation to assist water management and integrating geochemistry with studies of groundwater geology.

The Division has been instrumental in helping the state's natural resources districts prepare water management plans required by law. And, through a program with the U.S. Geological Survey, it supplies data from more 4,500 test holes, drilled in every Nebraska county in the state, to assist the analysis of Nebraska's water.

Carrie samples lakes (Photo by Ed Harvey CSD/SNR).
Carrie Wiese samples lakes. Photo courtesy Ed Harvey, CSD/SNR.