Resources to Improve Water Infrastructure Headed to

Lower Platte North Natural Resources District and Twin Loups Irrigation District

LINCOLN, NEB. – U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, released the following statement today after the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation announced that Nebraska will receive two grants from the 2019 Small-Scale Water Efficiency Project to improve the state’s groundwater data collection, irrigation, and water delivery:

“These two grants from the Bureau of Reclamation will improve Nebraska families’ access to safe and clean water. This funding will ensure our state has the infrastructure to deliver water efficiently and affordably. It will also help provide our world-class ag producers with access to clean water as they work to feed the world.”

More information from the Department of the Interior:

The 2019 Small-Scale Water Efficiency Project grants awarded through the Department of the Interior’s WaterSMART Program. These grants provide 50/50 cost share funding to irrigation and water districts, tribes, and states with water or power delivery authority for small water efficiency improvements.

Nebraska’s grants include nearly $53,000 for the Lower Platte North Natural Resources District to purchase and install remote read transmitters on 31 groundwater wells to improve data acquisition and analysis. Also included is $65,000 for the Twin Loups Irrigation District to upgrade 40 mechanical propeller meters to electromagnetic meters and install dual automated gates. This will control return flow and releases between the Loup River and the Scotia Canal, improving water delivery efficiencies and reduce canal spills.

In January, President Trump signed the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act, championed by Senator Fischer, into law. Read more about that bill here. This law helps protect drinking water by enabling communities to prioritize water infrastructure projects with integrated planning approaches that best address the needs of ratepayers.