The Price of Water

Exploring Nebraska's freshwater resources and our dependence on them.

Air Date: 06/13/2007

There are 24,000 miles of rivers and streams in our state and we rest above the deepest pool of the Ogallala Aquifer. Explore it all - right here, right now.

From the towering peaks of the Colorado Rockies where the Platte River begins to the fossil waters of the Ogallala Aquifer and on to the second longest river in North America, the Mighty Missouri, The Price of Water explores the numerous freshwater resources of Nebraska.

Travel through time to learn how the magnificent Ogallala Aquifer was formed, discover how damming the North Platte River transformed the semi-arid west into highly productive agricultural land, and see what is being done to balance the demands of a growing population and the need to sustain endangered wildlife.

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The program also includes a look at various ways Nebraskans are protecting water, such as a business that built its success on progressive environmental practices; a grassroots group that pulled tons of trash from of the Missouri River and a nature center that worked with schools to teach children water awareness.

The Price of Water program transcript