Doug Hallum

Doug Hallum

  • Contact Information
  • My Story
  • Publications
  • Background
  • Interests
  • Grants

Contact Information

Address Off Campus
402 West State Farm Road
North Platte NE
  • office: 308-696-6743
  • fax: 309-696-6780


My Story

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.R., 2019, Informing water use decision-making for waterfowl and agricultural production on a ranch along the North Platte River, Nebraska. University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Conservation and Survey Division, Open File Report 205, 276 pp.Online
Hallum, D.R., Terry D.O., Leite, M.B., Sibray, S.S., Balmat, J.L., 2019, Exploring the Northwest Margin of the High Plains Aquifer: Structure, Depositional History and Hydrogeology, Nebraska Geological Society Field Trip, University of Nebraska–Lincoln,
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. 52Online
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 GOnline
Hallum, D.R., Sibray, S.S., Howard, L.M., 2018. Hydrogeologic Framework Studies of Portions of the Niobrara River. Conservation and Survey Division, School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln . pp. 78Online
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. 33Online
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.
Hallum, D.R., Hanson, P.R., Tucker, S.T., Diffendal, R.F. Jr., 2020, Hydrogeology and Geology of the Lower North and South Platte Rivers of Nebraska, Nebraska Geological Society Field Trip 2020, Guidebook No. 37, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Conservation and Survey Division, 36p.






TitleAwarded byYear Awarded
John C. Frye Memorial AwardAssociation of American State Geologists2014


SNR Program Areas

  • Environmental Science

Areas of Interest/Expertise

  • 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 TitleGeology and Hydrogeology near Sutherland Reservoir
Starting Date03/23/2020


Ending Date04/20/2020
Funding Level$3,711.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Public Power District


Grant TitleLocal Hydrogeologic Framework and Water Balance Investigation
Starting Date08/01/2019


Ending Date01/31/2020
Funding Level$16,051.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Public Power District


Grant TitleMiddle Republican Hydrogeologic Framework and Groundwater Observation Network (Additional Funding)
Starting Date06/19/2017


Ending Date05/31/2020
Funding Level$70,500.00
Funding AgencyMiddle Republican NRD


Grant TitleHydrogeologic Framework Studies of Portions of the Niobrara River
Starting Date11/18/2016


Ending Date06/30/2017
Funding Level$22,000.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Department of Natural Resources


Grant TitleMiddle Republican Hydrogeologic Framework and Groundwater Observation Network
Starting Date05/24/2016


Ending Date05/23/2017
Funding Level$17,397.00
Funding AgencyMiddle Republican NRD