The proposed regulations would aim at improving the quality and preserving groundwater
Nebraska has updated regulations protecting water quality for the first time in 20 years. The proposed changes would control groundwater pumping and monitor use of fertilizers in eastern Nebraska.
Regarding use of fertilizers, farmers in the Platte or Elkhorn River valleys won’t be allowed to use nitrogen fertilizer until March 1 and be restricted from using fertilizers in the fall. Fertilizing would be allowed beginning Nov. 1 in the rest of the district.
Regarding pumping restrictions, wells that pump more than 50 gpm will need to get a permit from the natural resources district prior to construction. Additionally, wells of that size or larger would be required to be 600 ft away from other wells.