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Governor signs bill addressing water management, sustainability

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Governor Dave Heinemann signs a new bill into law that has been called 'landmark legislation' and will address water management issues in the state.

Legislative Bill 1098 is a bill aimed at better planning for future water usage in the state of Nebraska.

The bill calls for an expansion of the Natural Resources Commission from 16 members to 27.

The bill also increases efficiency of water usage, enhances water quality issues in the state, and addresses critical infrastructure to control floods.

Governor Heineman signed LB 1098 into law Tuesday afternoon, and thanked everyone who contributed to it.

"There are a lot of people that have been in water legislation, and this is one of the most difficult and complex issues that we deal with, And So I am very appreciative of all the work that's been done."

Governor Heineman says preserving and managing water resources is important to Nebraska, especially with Agriculture being the number one industry in the state.

The bill was introduced in the 2014 Legislative Session by State Senator Tom Carlson of Holdrege. 

State Senator Mark Christensen of Imperial, who has been a legislative advocate on water issues, was also present at the signing.

“This is the most significant bill for agriculture and livestock production in my eight years in the legislature,” Senator Carlson. “I want to thank the Governor for signing the bill, the legislature for the 48-0 vote, and the task force and Senators on that task force in an advisory capacity that worked so hard to put LB 1098 together.” 


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