The Nebraska Water Center (NWC) trekked across the state to host its annual Nebraska Water Conference in 2021. Titled “The Shape of Water in Western Nebraska,” the conference was held August 16 at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln's Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.
The daylong event attracted 90 participants and featured western Nebraska water leaders discussing water infrastructure in the panhandle; western Nebraska’s unique hydrogeology; and cutting-edge research in water and agricultural management. Attendees also enjoyed live jazz at an evening banquet at the Legacy of the Plains Museum with the Scotts Bluff National Monument as a charismatic backdrop.
August 17 and 18, NWC also participated in a post-conference water tour sponsored by the Scottsbluff/Gering United Chamber of Commerce. Approximately 50 participants traversed the North Platte River basin, making educational stops at fisheries, dams, ranches, potato processors and Lake McConaughy.