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Nebraska Senator pushing for state water plan

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A Nebraska Senator is lobbying for a water plan to help serve the state.

Senator Ken Schilz is leading the charge with a goal of making a plan for water reserves in Nebraska.

This plan is designed to tap into underground reserves, to help out when the state is in a drought.

Schilz says the plan would have to use sales tax to fund the project, a decision that will likely be a tough sell to his fellow senators.

Natural resources experts says more money needs to be devoted to water.

"The demand for water is growing all the time, but the supply is not and during drought it's even further diminished and so we got to have funding in order to deal with some of these issues," says North Platte Natural Resource District Manager Ron Cacek.

Schilz says it might take 20 years to discover the areas best suited for underground water storage, but the benefit will be worth it.

"I look at it like this, if we don't get to this point where we're protecting the water for ourselves or something like this, somebody is going to come take it and find a better and higher use of it and we won't be able to protect it at all," says Schilz. 

The Senator says he hopes to discuss the issue on the legislative floor in the upcoming weeks.

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