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Salt Creek Watershed Project

Background Information

Surface Water

Nebraska boasts more than 23,000 miles of rivers, streams and canals and more than 280,000 surface acres of artificial and natural lakes, reservoirs, ponds and marshes. Nebraskans take advantage of this resource. Surface water sparkles with recreational opportunities and lets Nebraskans enjoy one of their favorite pastimes, fishing. One-third of Nebraskans regularly cast fishing lines. But apart from the fun and frolic of water-related leisure activities, surface water meets other important needs. For native birds, including threatened and endangered species, it offers breeding places, habitat and food. The awesome power of surface water is reflected in its dominant use. About 80 percent of all surface water put to use in Nebraska generates power, be it hydroelectric, fossil fuel or nuclear power. Irrigation makes surface water a vital aspect of agriculture. Between power generation, irrigation and recreation surface water creates a considerable ecomomic impact on the state.

For some residents, it also provides drinking water. Most Nebraskans get their drinking water from groundwater, but Omaha residents get a portion of their water supply directly from the Missouri River.

Some urban and rural practices lead to pollution, but Nebraskans can protect the water supply by learning more about the consequences of actions and by finding out more about alternative actions.

Surface water makes up only 1 percent of the state's surface acres, but it's a powerful 1 percent, and protecting it is a must.

The study will look at water quality issues in Salt Creek. The main factors that will be monitored at various sites include: pH, Dissolved Oxygen, Temperature, Conductivity, Salinity, and Turbidity.