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1 Sustaining the Beneficial Use of Water: Leroy Sievers and Ann Bleed Western States Land Commissioners Association Summer Conference, 2013

2 Zain and Gabe on First Day of School in Australia Claire on Second Birthday Do We Really Care About our Grandchildren?

3 Nebraska Agriculture

4 Sandhills Grazing Land Photo by Chris Helzer

5 Little Blue Stem in Sand Hills Prairie Photo by Chris Helzer

6 Nebraska’s Platte River

7 Niobrara River Photo by Chris Helzer

8 Hunting in Eastern Nebraska Photo by Chris Helzer

9 Grazing and Crop Land near Wildcat Hills, Western Nebraska Photo by Chris Helzer

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11 Sustainability Living and developing our economy in such a way “that we meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Brundtland Commission, United Nations 1987

12 Does Intergenerational Equity Matter

13 Sustainability "sustainability is improving the quality of human life while living within the carrying capacity of supporting eco- systems.“ 2005 World Summit on Social Development The earth’s resources are limited!

14 By 2050 we will need to double food production 2.3 billion more people by 2050

15 Loss of Arable Land and Pollution

16 ENVS 220 https://sge.lclark.edu/wp/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/water-stress.pnghttps://sge.lclark.edu/wp/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/water-stress.png

17 Water-level Changes in the High Plains Aquifer, Predevelop ment to 2011 V.L. McGuire USGS Scientific Investigations Report

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21 Bees Photo by Cindy Loope

22 NCNewsPress.com/TJ Chrastil Flooding on the Missouri River 2011

23 Dry-land Corn in Eastern Nebraska 2012

24 Summer in Nebraska 2006

25 Thousands of Acres Burn in Niobrara River Valley A raging weekend wildfire along the Niobrara River valley burned an estimated 150 square miles of forest and grassland and forced the evacuation of a pair of small towns and several river outfitters. Photo by ADAM WOLFFBRANDT/Lincoln Journal Star

26 Burned Prairie on Niobrara River 2012

27 Prairie grasses such as sand bluestem growing well across the bison pasture during the first growing season since last July’s wildfire.

28 Flower species such as cutleaf ironplant (left) and spiderwort (right) are coloring the sandhills in the burned bison pasture (NVP 2013 )

29 Hydrology 101 for Land Managers The No-Injury Standard

30 Continuity Equation Inflow = Outflow + Change in Storage

31 Irrigation Water Budget Precipitation Surface Runoff Ground Water Flow Deep Percolation Evaporation Evapotranspiration

32 Change in Return Flows ET Return Flow Diversion 1 Diversion 2

33 Platte River June 2006

34 Gaining Stream

35 Losing Stream

36 Disconnected Stream

37 Gaining Stream

38 Impact of Pumping Well

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40 Source of Water to Pumping Well Percent of Ground Water Pumped Time Pump On Percent of stream depletion Percent from Aquifer

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42 Economic Demands 2005 World Summit on Social Development

43 Societal Equity 2005 World Summit on Social Development Intergenerational Equity

44 Governing the Commons

45 Environmental Constraints 2005 World Summit on Social Development

46 Three Pillars of Sustainability Environmental Constraints Societal Equity Economic Demands 2005 World Summit on Social Development

47 Thank You Photo by Chris Helzer

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49 Restored Sand Prairie along Platte River Photo by Chris Helzer

50 Showy Evening Primrose Summer After a Fire Photo by Chris Helzer

51 Patch-Burn Grazing Along Platte River Photo by Chris Helzer


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