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Floating on water


Amanda Tafolla-Sutton / Sun-Telegraph

Lodgepole Creek is a approximately 278 miles long, stretching from Wyoming to Colorado, the Lodgepole creek lies on top of much of the Ogallala Aquifer.

Underneath Nebraska and seven other states is a precious natural resource that sustains life not only in Sidney, but in the areas that surround us and across the country.

"It's said that Nebraska floats on water," Don Davis, information and education coordinator with the South Platte Natural Resource District (NRD) said.

In 1972 the Nebraska Legislature combined 154 special purpose entities into twenty-three NRDs. Unique to Nebraska, NRDs are local government entities that protect natural resources.

One of those resources is the Ogallala Aquifer, underlying approximately 174,000 square mile...

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