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National Weather Information
Nebraska Mesonet– weather monitoring network, real-time maps, current conditions, daily maps

Precipitation/Drought Monitoring

Drought Mitigation Center

NeRain Website  The Nebraska Rainfall Assessment & Information Network is a program designed to get citizens involved with monitoring weather across the state. The network consists of several hundred volunteers that spend a few minutes each day recording precipitation measurements along with outstanding weather events and uploading them to the NeRAIN website. The Nebraska Department of Natural Resources (NDNR) operates the website. Volunteer training and assistance is provided by regional coordinators in each of the Nebraska Natural Resources Districts. Rain gauges provided to NeRAIN volunteers using funding from NDNR, Nebraska’s Natural Resources Districts & the Nebraska Environmental Trust.

Nebraska’s Natural Resources Districts

Nebraska Association of Resources Districts- Lincoln (877) 777-6273
Central Platte NRD  Grand Island  (308) 385-6282
Lewis & Clark NRD  Hartington  (402) 254-6758
Little Blue NRD  Davenport  (402) 364-2145
Lower Big Blue NRD  Beatrice  (402) 228-3402
Lower Elkhorn NRD  Norfolk  (402) 371-7313
Lower Loup NRD  Ord  (308) 728-3221
Lower Niobrara NRD  Butte   (402) 775-2343
Lower Platte North NRD  Wahoo  (402) 443-4675
Lower Platte South NRD  Lincoln  (402) 476-2729
Lower Republican NRD   Alma  (308) 928-2182
Middle Republican NRD  Curtis  (308) 367-4281
Middle Niobrara NRD  Valentine  (402) 376-3241
Nemaha NRD  Tecumseh  (402) 335-3325
North Platte NRD  Scottsbluff   (308) 632-2749
Papio -Missouri River NRD  Omaha  (402) 444-6222
South Platte NRD  Sidney  (308) 254-2377
Tri-Basin NRD  Holdrege  (308) 995-6688
Twin Platte NRD  North Platte  (308) 535-8080
Upper Big Blue NRD  York  (402) 362-6601
Upper Elkhorn NRD  O’Neill  (402) 336-3867
Upper Loup NRD  Thedford  (308) 645-2250
Upper Niobrara White NRD  Chadron  (308) 432-6190
Upper Republican NRD  Imperial  (308) 882-5173
NRD Stories: Oral History Project

Partner Links

Conservation Toolbox for Landowners: Find conservation tools, programs, and funding opportunities. Partners: Nebraska’s Natural Resources Districts (NRDs), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Farm Service Agency (FSA), Nebraska Forest Service, Nebraska Game & Parks Commission, Nebraska Environmental Trust, Nebraska Cattlemen, Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, Rainwater Basin Joint Venture, Sandhills Task Force, The Nature Conservancy, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Natural Resources Conservation Service
Nebraska Department of Natural Resources
Nebraska Department of Agriculture

Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality
Nebraska Emergency Management Agency
Nebraska Environmental Trust
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
Nebraska H2O
Nebraska State Irrigation Association
Nebraska Water Resources Association
Nebraska Well Drillers Association

National Water Resources Association
U.S. Geological Survey

Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary in Gibbon, NE. Conserve & restore the Platte River ecosystem, focusing on cranes, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity.
Cooperative Hydrology Study (COHYST)- A
 cooperative effort to improve understanding of the hydrological & geological conditions in the Platte Basin in Nebraska upstream of Columbus, Nebraska. These scientifically supportable hydrologic databases, analyses, and modeling assist Nebraska to meet the obligations under the Platte River Cooperative Agreement, assist Nebraska’s Natural Resources Districts along the Platte River in providing appropriate regulation and management, provide a basis to develop policy and procedures related to groundwater/surface water.
Platte River Recovery Program Program focused on creating and maintaining endangered species (whooping crane, piping plover, least tern, pallid sturgeon) habitats on the Platte. Partners include the states of Nebraska, Wyoming, and Colorado, and the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Prairie Plains Resource Institute  A nonprofit educational land trust offering events on 8 Nebraska prairie preserves, consultation for landowners & agencies regarding high-diversity prairie restoration, an award-winning nature day camp for elementary students and more.
Nebraska Nature & Visitors Center  The Crane Trust owns and protects 7 miles of land along the north side of the Platte River near Grand Island, NE to protect the unique prairie and ecosystem.
Nebraska Flyway  Crane Viewing opportunities and information available from: Grand Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, Hastings Convention & Visitors Bureau, Kearney Convention & Visitors Bureau, Crane Trust, and Iain Nicolson Audubon Rowe Sanctuary

University Links

Grantham University-Kansas
UNL-TAPS- Testing Ag Performance Solutions
UNK- Natural & Social Sciences
UNL- Institute of Agriculture & Horticulture

UNL- Water Center
UNL- School of Natural Resources
UNO- Cartography & GIS Laboratory

UNL- CropWatch
  Irrigation Calculators for Soybeans
UNL- Hybrid Maize 
Computer program that simulates the growth of corn crop under non-limiting or water-limited conditions based on daily weather data.
UNL- Market Journal Updates/analysis on current grain/livestock market commentary, weather, climate/soil moisture updates, risk management strategies.
UNL- Nebraska Water Center  Focuses on helping the University become an international leader in water research, teaching, extension & outreach.
UNO- Cartography & GIS Laboratory

State Government Offices

Governor Pete Ricketts
Attorney General Doug Peterson

Lt. Governor Mike Foley

Senators within CPNRD

Mike Moser District 22   (402) 471-2715
Mark Kolterman District 24  (402) 471-2756
Steve Halloran District 33  (402) 471-2712
Curt Friesen
District 34  (402) 471-2630
Ray Aguilar District 35  (402) 471-2617
Matt Williams District 36  (402) 471-2642
John Lowe Sr. District 37  (402) 471-2726
Dave Murman District 38  (402) 471-2732
Tom Briese District 41 (402) 471-2631
Nebraska Legislature

Nebraska Representatives in Congress

Jeff Fortenberry
Don Bacon
Adrian Smith
Secretary of State Office (Election Information)
Unicameral Information Office Email

United States Senators

Deb Fischer
Ben Sasse

Our Nation’s Links

The White House Web Page
The US House of Representatives
The US Senate
Senate Agriculture Committee
The Library of Congress
The US Census Bureau

Federal Agencies

NRCS Natural Resources Conservation Service 402-437-5300
Army Corps US Army Corps of Engineers 402-221-3900
EPA Environmental Protection Agency 913-551-780
FWS US Fish and Wildlife Service (Grand Island) 308-382-6468
GMDA Groundwater Management Districts Association
NGWA  National Ground Water Association/Groundwater Foundation
USGS Geological Survey 402-437-5082
NACD National Association of Conservation Districts  |  NACD Pollinator Page
US Forest Service
Video- Clean Water Act


Water Conservation Tips

Outdoor Water Conservation

Agricultural Groups

World Wide Ag Network
Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee
Future Farmers of America FFA


United States Army Corps of Engineers Information Network (INet): Organization
The United States Army Topographic Engineering Center
ArcView GIS – ESRI
DeLorme | Maps and Mapping Software
Symantec’s United States Homepage


Area Codes
United States Zip Codes
Water Conservation Throughout the Home