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      $50 Million State Fund Proposed for Water Sustainability Projects

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      A new bill was introduced Wednesday that would put aside $50 million every year for water sustainability projects in Nebraska.

      Sen. Tom Carlson, chairman of the Water Funding Task Force, introduced LB1046 following a series of meetings over the summer. The task force was formed to find ways to ensure a sustainable water supply for drinking, crop irrigation, wildlife and interstate water compacts.

      The funding would begin in October 2015.

      Carlson says the state has overused its water supply and needs to find ways to preserve it. He says the funding is important to help Nebraska develop a long-term plan to conserve more water for drought years.

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