Water for Food


Mapping Ecosystem Markets

By Christopher Hartley, Deputy Director and Senior Environmental Markets Analyst, Office of Environmental Markets, U.S. Department of Agriculture; Washington, D.C. and Genevieve Bennett, Senior Associate, Ecosystem Marketplace Hartley is a featured speaker at the 2017 Water for Food Global Conference. He is involved in the sessions, “Water Frontiers I: Drought, Water Risk and the Context… [Read More]

Student Interns work on Platte Basin Timelapse Project

This summer two undergraduate interns worked on projects associated with the Platte Basin Timelapse Project with funding in part from the Water for Food Institute. The students provided the following blog postings to showcase some of their experiences. Dream Job: Day One By Carlee Koehler The day started how one would expect when setting off… [Read More]

Learning about the Water-Energy-Food nexus in Nebraska

By Paul Noël, Program Associate The “water-energy-food nexus” is a hot topic among researchers at the moment. At the Water for Food Institute, we’ve been working with our partners on a variety of projects to understand the connections between water use, energy use, and agricultural production — and how different management approaches impact the human… [Read More]

Visiting scholars get crash course in Nebraska water management, instream flow issues

August 3, 2015

A Diversion near North Platte, Nebraska.

Many rivers and creeks in the Western United States are over-allocated, with consistently more demand on their waters than is available. This can lead to several issues between competing users, especially in years of drought: transboundary water conflicts, threats to public water supply and perilous conditions for species that depend on river habitats. Various mechanisms have been used to address these challenges, which include interstate compacts, state and federal Endangered Species Acts and local water management institutions. But when these mechanisms are absent or don’t do enough to preserve streamflow, local water trusts and environmental nonprofits have acted to supplement streamflow for wildlife. Read More

Water experts share success story of Nebraska’s NRD system of groundwater management

July 28, 2015

Michael Forsberg, Platte Basin Timelapse Project

California’s drought has been in the news a lot recently, and one proposed solution is the recently-enacted California Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. What’s often not highlighted in the news is that many other parts of the US and the world have long histories with innovative and effective groundwater management policies. For example, Nebraska’s groundwater management was legislated in the late 1960s, and its unique system of Natural Resources Districts was formed in 1972. Read More

Water and Natural Resources Tour explores Republican River Basin

July 16, 2015

Photo by Richael Young

This summer’s Water and Natural Resources Tour included nearly 70 participants, from college students to retired farmers, and most with a firm background in water quality and quantity issues – except for me. As a 19-year-old undergrad student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), I set out with a vague awareness of the water issues facing Nebraska and neighboring state irrigators, but nothing to the extent that was presented on tour. Read More

Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska

October 13th, 2014



Climate Change: Implications for Nebraska

October 3, 2014


As Nebraska’s climate changes, the state faces significant economic, social and environmental risks. Because the magnitude and speed of projected changes in climate are unprecedented, it’s imperative that we develop strategies now to adapt to the numerous consequences we’ll continue to experience. Climate change is happening on a global scale, but adapting to change must begin at the local level, where climatic impacts are felt. University of Nebraska faculty recently completed a report, “Understanding and Assessing Climate Change: Implications for Nebraska.” The report’s goal is to inform policymakers, natural resource managers and the public about the state of the science on climate change, current projections for ongoing changes over the 21st century, current and potential future impacts and, finally, management and policy implications of these changes. Read More

Advanced Water Management for Food Program – Evordius Rulazi

September 16th, 2014



Water for Food Faculty Fellows – Environment

June 26, 2014


Water for Food Faculty Fellows – Agriculture

May 23, 2014



What happens in Neb., stays in Neb… and other things you didn’t know about the Ogallala Aquifer

April 29, 2014

James Goeke holds sediment material at a High Plains Aquifer drill site in western Neb. Credit: University of Nebraska-Lincoln

For one thing, the aquifer that most think of — one of the world’s largest that underlies parts of eight U.S. states — is technically not the Ogallala Aquifer, but the High Plains Aquifer.

“That’s been a source of confusion,” said hydrogeologist Jim Goeke, professor emeritus at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. “We use the names interchangeably, but they’re not the same. We have other productive aquifers in Nebraska in hydraulic connection that encompass the entire High Plains Aquifer.”

But the name aside, what bothers Goeke more is the common misinformation he encounters about aquifers, especially the High Plains. Read More

Nebraska-based 2013 Water for Food Conference presenters, their location and topic

April 9, 2014

Nebraska-based 2013 Water for Food Conference presenters, their location and topic


Great Plains Megadroughts: Could it happen again?

March 27, 2014

The Nebraska Sandhills are a unique landscape, covering more than 20,000 square miles.

A visit to Nebraska’s little known Sandhills reveals a landscape of gently rolling sand dunes blanketed with prairie grasses and wetlands. With its rich diversity of plants and wildlife, wide-open views and glorious sunsets, the Sandhills are a unique ecosystem covering a quarter of the state. Beyond its charms, the region serves critically important environmental and economic functions for the entire nation.

It’s hard to imagine this lush, tranquil landscape was once a barren wasteland of swirling sand and obscured sun. Read More


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