Low Platte River Levels

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More bad news for the Platte River and for people who depend on it.

According to the Rowe Sanctuary near Gibbon, the Platte River should be at its highest point of the year right now. Instead, the river is at the lowest level it has ever been for spring.

Gauges in Overton and Grand Island say flows for the river are between 246 and 314 cubic feet per second. Average spring flow for the river has several thousand cubic feet per second.

Last week, state climatologists predicted the river would run dry east of Kearney for a third straight year. This means ground water near Grand Island would not be recharged, putting water quality in the area in jeopardy.