All of the recent rain and snow is a big help in overcoming moisture deficits from last year’s devastating drought, but there are many indications the drought is lingering.
Tom Moser, general manager of the Lewis and Clark Natural Resource District, says he’s been monitoring wells across northeast Nebraska for several weeks.
“The measurements I’ve taken so far show that there has been some recharge, but not significant,” Moser says. “In some cases, I was really surprised that the water table was actually lower this spring than it was last fall on at least four or five wells.”
Moser encourages all irrigators in the region to track how much water they’re pumping.
“We want to make sure that the people who do irrigate keep close tabs on how many gallons they use,” Moser says. “We’d like to have them have flow meters so that they know accurately how much water they’re using.”
Moser says they will be putting in additional monitoring wells to watch water use as the warmer months of summer approach.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton