Nebraskans encouraged to participate in earthquake drill
Monday, 14 September 2015 10:57
Emergency management officials are encouraging Nebraskans to participate in an earthquake drill next month even though quakes are rare in the state.
The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency says the state plans to participate in the Great ShakeOut drill on Oct. 15 at 10:15 a.m.
NEMA's Bryan Tuma says it's a good idea to plan for earthquakes even if they don't happen often in Nebraska.
The drill is a worldwide event that encourages people to practice dropping, covering and holding on just as they would do during an earthquake.
More information is available online at http://www.shakeout.org/centralus/nebraska
NPPD agrees to Spencer Dam shutdown, transfer of Niobrara water rights
Saturday, 12 September 2015 06:20
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission voted today to enter a memorandum of understanding to work with five Nebraska Natural Resource Districts and the Nebraska Public Power District to take steps towards transfer of assets, including NPPD’s water appropriations on the Niobrara River, Spencer Hydro dam, and the lands and easements associated with the dam.
The Commission voted to enter the memorandum of understanding during a special meeting at the Commission headquarters, 2200 N. 33rd St. in Lincoln, at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10.
The Commission and the NRDs will seek legislative authority to convert NPPD’s water rights to a multi-use water right, part of which will be conserved for recreation and fish and wildlife needs, and part of which will be conserved for integrated water management in the Niobrara River basin. NPPD will continue to operate the dam in the meantime.