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2020 NCF-Envirothon

University of Nebraska
Lincoln, Nebraska
July 26 - August 01, 2020

2020 Current Issue

Water Resource Management: Local Control and Local Solutions

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Water Resource Management: Local Control and Local Solutions

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1. Understanding how groundwater and surface water systems function.
2. Understanding the importance of water quality and quantity as a foundation in a healthy ecosystem
3. Understanding a variety of water quality indicators in different landscapes.
4. Understanding a variety of water quantity indicators in different landscapes
5. Understanding how sustainable and best management practices enhance and protect water quality and quantity for humans and wildlife.
6. Understanding the differences of local, regional, and national systems that manage natural resources and the importance of each in water resources.
7. Understanding the social, economic, political impacts of natural resources management and decision making.

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Nebraska State Specific Learning Objectives and Resources: TBA - April 2020

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Forestry
Soil / Land Use
Aquatic Ecology
Wildlife

Water Resource Management: Local Control and Local Solutions

Nebraska is fortunate to sit atop the Ogallala aquifer, one of the largest unconfined aquifers in the world. This natural resource provides drinking water for most of the state and has enabled Nebraska to lead the country as the #1 irrigated state, helping to sustain agriculture as the states leading industry. Managing and protecting this resource is the responsibility of Nebraska’s unique local Natural Resources Districts (NRDs). While NRDs have maintained groundwater levels near pre-development levels, competing uses and variable supplies have placed additional management requirements on locally elected policy makers.
Students will learn the concepts of how water is managed in Nebraska, and how the local Natural Resources District system works to address integrated water management challenges.
Key topics will include:
  • Understand the ability of Natural Resources Districts to implement local policy and local management to protect water users;
  • Understand administrative structures and processes for managing water uses and supplies;
  • Understand ground and surface water hydrology and connectivity;
  • Understand the economic, social and environmental impacts of projects and policy decisions.
Water is the driving force of all nature. – Leonardo da Vinci