Water allocations effect local farms and ranches


February 8, 2018

Zach Spadt

A sprinkler pivot sits idle less than a mile east of Pine Bluffs just across the Nebraska border. An upcoming meeting with the Nebraska South Platte Natural Resources District could impact area farmers' water allocations.

Ten to 20 eastern Laramie County agriculture producers who farm in western Nebraska will have chance to give input on how irrigation water is allocated.

Every third year, the South Platte Natural Resources district allocates water resources to producers on a per-acre basis in western Nebraska. While the decision is made across state lines, it impacts area growers who may live in Laramie County but cultivate swaths of land in Nebraska.

"Anywhere from 10 to 20 growers from (Laramie County) farm significant portions of land over here, so it impacts them too," said SPNRD Water Resources Coord...

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