LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The Lower Platte North Natural Resources District board has lifted its moratorium on new irrigation wells and imposed allocations on two areas within the Wahoo-based district.
The board on Monday created the two so-called special water quantity areas in an effort to stabilize aquifers in Butler, Saunders, Platte and Colfax counties. Water tables had dropped more than 50 feet in some areas, and some domestic wells dried up during the past two summers.
Irrigators in both special areas would be allocated 27 inches of water an acre over a three-year period. The allocations would begin in areas of Butler and Saunders counties in 2015 and Colfax and Platte areas in 2016.
The two areas total less than 5 percent of the eastern Nebraska district.