The Nebraska Water Center (NWC) hosted a virtual mini-conference in August 2020 for and featuring stakeholders around the state. The event was held on the same day that NWC’s annual in-person water conference would have taken place in Scottsbluff — which was postponed until August 2021 and held in partnership with the University of Nebraska—Lincoln’s Panhandle Research and Extension Center and the North Platte Natural Resources District.
The mini-conference featured two sessions on Western Nebraska’s water resources. The first included Nebraska researchers Steve Sibray and Troy Gilmore who presented Western Nebraska's unique hydrogeology. The second session featured the Water for Agriculture Project, a USDA-NIFA-funded effort focused on stakeholder engagement to address critical issues at the nexus of water and agriculture. Presenters included DWFI Faculty Fellows Mark Burbach and Jessica Groskopf, and collaborators Wes Eaton, Penn State University; Jason Farnsworth, Platte River Recovery & Implementation Program; and Janeene Brown, Dines Irrigation.
Both sessions are available on the NWC’s YouTube channel.
The four-part webinar series titled “One Health Approach for Global Healthy Water” provided U.S. and Latin American perspectives to creating healthy, resilient communities by promoting and sustaining the health and well-being of humans, animals, and the environment.
The Water and Health Summit was held June 29-30 in Lincoln with the goal of improving the health of Nebraska.
Like many others, DWFI adjusted its programming and outreach in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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