#Nebraska agency head urges funding support for #SouthPlatteRiver project — The Scottsbluff Star-Herald

Thornton near the South Platte River November 6, 2021. Photo credit: Zack Wilkerson

From The Lincoln Journal-Star (Don Walton) via The Scottsbluff Star-Herald:

Tom Riley, director of the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources, spoke in support of a comprehensive pandemic recovery bill (LB1014) that would begin to funnel $500 million of federal pandemic funding into construction of a canal and reservoir system to secure Nebraska’s share of the water.

Colorado is “spending 20 times what we’re asking” on water projects and may “look to be potentially accelerating construction now” in reaction to Gov. Pete Ricketts’ proposal to build a Perkins County canal along with reservoirs, Riley said.

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