Released On: April 08, 2013
In an effort to ensure Nebraska's compliance with the Republican River Compact, Nebraska DNR issued an order on January 1, 2013, putting in effect a Compact Call Year as defined by the current Natural Resource Districts Integrated Management Plans (IMPs). As a result, Nebraska DNR issued Closing Notices on Reclamation's reservoirs in the Republican River Basin prohibiting the storage of surface water flows until further notice. Reclamation has been working with Nebraska DNR to assist them in offsetting the projected shortfall associated with the IMPs.
"Reclamation follows Nebraska state law as it relates to water management," said Nebraska-Kansas Area Manager Aaron Thompson. "We are working toward releasing water in the most reasonable manner to meet the order from the Nebraska Director of Natural Resources."
Reclamation has been working with Nebraska since January to help them be in compliance, proposing two options: having the Army Corps of Engineers frontload water from Harlan County Lake (HCL) sediment pool to offset Nebraska's expected 2013 overuse of their Compact allocation, or having Nebraska Bostwick Irrigation District frontload water supply from their 2012 storage water to the Kansas Bostwick Irrigation District, which would offset Nebraska's forecasted shortfall. Both of these proposals have been rejected by the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources, which moved forward requiring releases from Reclamation reservoirs.
Republican River water is allocated to the States of Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas through the Republican River Compact the three states agreed to, and which was approved by Congress in 1943.
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