Neb. water sustainability bill sent to final vote

By: AP
By: AP

Lincoln, NE (AP) - A bill designed to prepare Nebraska for floods, water shortages and water quality problems is headed to a final vote in the Legislature.

Lawmakers gave second-round approval Tuesday to legislation that would help local governments and the state pay for water projects. Budget bills approved this year are expected to generate $32 million for the new water sustainability fund by mid-2015.

The bill by Sen. Tom Carlson of Holdrege would also expand the Natural Resources Commission, from 16 members to 27, to ensure that more major water users are represented.

The bill would require natural resources districts and the state to work to together on river-basin management plans. Omaha Sen. Steve Lathrop says it's designed to bring together groups that often disagree on water policy.

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The bill is LB1098

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