Water Amnesia

BY JULIE MEYERS, COURTESY OF PRAIRIE FIRE Scientists now know that ground and surface water should be treated as a single hydrological system, because that’s how they behave in nature. Since 1996, Nebraska has changed its law twice to finally recognize this profound connection of surface water and to bring coherency to its water law. […]

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Whirling Crops

When State Sen. Ken Haar drives through Iowa or Colorado and sees the towering turbines that have helped make Nebraska’s neighbors national leaders in wind-power production, “It makes me think we’ve got this great energy resource in Nebraska and we’re not using it,” he says. Nebraska is among the country’s leaders in potential wind power […]

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Environmental Alchemy

When it rains in Omaha, it pours raw sewage, industrial waste and toxic chemicals into nearby waterways. The city’s century-old sewer system is designed to either put it there or into your basement. Neither is an inviting option. But that design is changing thanks to a federal mandate from the Environmental Protection Agency. The oldest […]

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Private land, private profit

The letters started coming in July. Canadian oil company TransCanada offered Nebraska landowners along the route of its proposed 1,073 mile Keystone XL Pipeline a “premium price” for easements on their property. The alternative? They’d take the land anyway, through eminent domain. The pipeline would carry 500,000 barrels of tar sands oil each day from […]

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