Water Flow

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This summer irrigators will not have a problem pumping water from the Big Blue River along the Nebraska-Kansas border.

Lincoln's Nebraska Department of Natural Resources Field Supervisor Keith Paulsen says water levels are above average in the river basin and higher than in the past three years.

He says an increase in rainfall and cooler temperatures may prevent an irrigation shut down at the river.

A 1970 compact between Nebraska and Kansas mandates that farmers issued irrigation permits after November 1969 must stop pumping water from the river and its tributaries until the water level rises to the required 80 cubic feet per second.

The river was closed to irrigators during the summers of 2002 and 2003.