Looking for your favorite topic in Water? We are working on updating the site and are changing the navigation menu to make things easier to find. All of the information and resources are still here. The left bar navigation will be incorporated into the red pull-down menu across the top. As we continue to make changes, we invite your feedback. Contact the Water team at  water@unl.edu.

About this UNL Water Site

collage of water photos From a child’s plea of “Mom, I’m t-h-i-r-s-t-y” while trying to stall bedtime to irrigating crops more efficiently, from protecting our lakes and ponds for future generations to wastewater treatment, water is an integral part of daily life.

Although water often is referred to as Nebraska’s most important natural resource, it is a resource that often is taken for granted. And sometimes it’s not managed as well as it should be. University of Nebraska–Lincoln research, extension, and teaching experts from many water-related disciplines are developing this water web site to help you learn about — and develop a greater appreciation of — water.

Water.unl.edu focuses on both quality and quantity of water. It encompasses the day-in-day-out use of water as well as the development and maintenance of agricultural and urban systems that assure safe, adequate water will be available for your family and future generations.

The site is organized to enable you to immediately find information specific to your interest, whether you’re a crop or livestock producer, landscaper, well driller, wastewater professional, current or prospective student, city dweller, rural resident or have another reason for learning about water.

The unbiased, research-based information on this site will help you better manage water for its many uses.

A faculty and staff expertise directory enables you to search for UNL faculty and staff by specialization, key word or, if you are looking for a specific person, by first or last name.

You also will find a water-related research database. In addition, there are links to interactive tools, publications and other information, as well as links to other key university Web sites.


June 2014

Lake Management Workshop Series

Have you ever experienced an algae bloom?  Fish kill? Murky water? Or do you just want to know what's going on in a lake or pond?

Join UNL–Extension and the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality for a series of lake/pond management introductory workshops.  This workshop is free and open to everyone who makes decisions for and about lakes and/or ponds, and for anyone who wants to learn more about protecting them.  The first workshop will be held on June 2 at the Lancaster County Extension office at 444 Cherrycreek Rd in Lincoln.  There is no cost to attend this workshop, but registration is required.

Workshop topics include:
  • How lakes work – lake science basics
  • Southeast Nebraska characteristics and challenges
  • Determining lake capability
  • Collecting data
  • Project funding and regulations
  • Lake management planning
  • Resolving Common Maintenance Problems (Algae, fish kills, clarity, erosion, other pond animals)

To register email kpekarek2@unl.edu or call the Lancaster County Extension Office at 402-441-7180

Upcoming Workshops:

June 9: Hall County Extension Office - 6:00-8:00pm

June 16: Douglas/Sarpy County Extension Office - 6:00 to 8:00pm

June 23: Seward County Extension Office - 6:00 to 8:00pm

UNL Extension Irrigation and Soils Courses Online

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension provides two online short courses on irrigation and soils at UNL Marketplace.

Smartphone App Keeps Farmers and Ranchers in the Know

A new University of Nebraska-Lincoln smartphone app helps agricultural producers track key temperatures. Read more about this app.