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UNL Water Center Sponsors Two Major Conferences

UNL Water Center Sponsors Two Major Conferences

Water Law and Great Plains Climate focus of Oct. 12-13 sessions in Lincoln.

Back-to-back October events sponsored by the UNL Water Center will focus on Nebraska water law and Great Plains climate, water and ecosystems.

The center's annual Water Law Conference is Wednesday, Oct. 12 at Lincoln's downtown Holiday Inn. It is followed at the same location on Oct. 13 by a one-day symposium on "Climate, Water and Ecosystems--Shaping the Great Plains."

Attendees can register for either or both events, depending on interests and needs, says Lorrie Benson, event organizer and UNL Water Center assistant director. A discounted registration fee is available for attending both events.

"We want to hit as broad an audience and interest base as possible over two days that focus on current regional water issues and water law," Benson adds.

The Oct. 12 water law conference, cosponsored by NU's College of Law, will focus on current Nebraska water law. It is open to anyone and can benefit water professionals and managers in many other professional venues.

The conference kicks-off with an optional 7:30 a.m. pre-session on "Water Law 101" by Leroy Sievers of the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources.

Among the session topics are Niobrara River litigation, expanded Clean Water Act authorities, climate change and the law, and water-use transfers.

The conference's focus is an overview of current topics in Nebraska water law.

The following day, focus shifts to Great Plains climate, water and ecosystems in a symposium that will cover climate change, water infrastructure, hydropower, agriculture, ecosystem services, drinking water and many other topics. Geographic focus will be the Great Plains, including research or programming transferrable to the Great Plains.

The symposium opens at 8 a.m. with "Regional Implications of Global Climate Change for the Great Plains" by UNL climatologist Robert Oglesby and continues with "Global Change and 21st Century Water Resources Challenges" by keynote speaker Matthew

Additional details and registration information for both events are online at or call Benson at 402-472-7372.

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