Surface Water Irrigation

Nebraska has significant amounts of land that is irrigated with surface water diverted from streams and rivers for the Seminoe Reservoir that is located along the headwaters of the Platte River in Wyoming. Water is conveyed from the diversion structure by irrigation canals similar to the TriState Canal shown below. Lateral canals divert water from the main canal and deliver water to the irrigated land. Large canals often run many miles from the diversion point before water is delivered to the field.

Tristate Canal Reservoir

The following picture shows the location of surface irrigation districts managed by the United States Bureau of Reclamation. Private irrigation districts in Nebraska are not shown on the map.

(Extracted from USBR web page original image.) Go to the US Bureau of Reclamation Web site to view a high resolution enlarged map >>

Surface Irrigation Districts NE