LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts signed a law Monday that will allow the state to move forward with plans to build a canal in Colorado to divert water out of the South Platte River because of fears about Colorado’s increased water use. Ricketts proposed the canal project to help protect Nebraska’s water rights […]
Nebraska wants to build a $500 million canal over the border. Can Colorado stop it?
Remnants of the last time the Huskers tried this, in 1894, pock the landscape of far northeastern Colorado. Experts say there’s a difference between water rights and what’s right.
Controversial canal along South Platte River in Colorado now on Nebraska’s front burner after COVID aid windfall
By Grant Schulte, The Associated Press LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts ramped up his push Wednesday for income tax cuts, a new state prison and a $500 million canal to claim water from Colorado, arguing that the state is expected to collect more than enough revenue to pay for it all. The Republican […]
Nebraska will spend $500 million to claim South Platte River water from Colorado
By Grant Schulte, The Associated Press LINCOLN, Nebraska— Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts announced a $500 million plan Monday to divert water out of Colorado under a 99-year-old compact between the states that allows Nebraska to seize access to Colorado land along the South Platte River and build canals. Ricketts said Nebraska would invoke its rights […]