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LINCOLN, Neb. -- Water officials and farmers from across a
large swath of eastern Nebraska have asked the state not to block
more irrigation development along the lower reaches of the Platte
They already have a tentative decision from the state on their
side. In October, the state Department of Natural Resources issued a
preliminary ruling that the basin could withstand more irrigation and
other types of water-use development.
But state officials from another agency, the Game and Parks
Commission, are armed with studies that have a starkly different
The studies show if regulations aren't enacted through a formal,
state declaration of the basin as fully appropriated, threatened and
endangered species that call the river home could disappear.
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