Public is Invited to 19th Annual Holdrege Water Conference


Looking for a diversion from the dead of winter? The public is invited to attend the 19th annual Holdrege Water Conference on Jan. 31 at the Phelps County Ag Center.

Water is perhaps one of the most prevalent topics of discussion across Nebraska. The conference will bring together experts involved with water issues, as well as other topics that will inform and entertain, to discuss current issues of importance to area residents.

The conference is scheduled to start at 10 a.m., with registration and coffee and rolls, and will conclude around 3 p.m. There is no admission fee and lunch will be served courtesy of the conference's sponsors.

Speakers and topics for the conference include:

  • "Irrigation in Extreme Conditions," Chuck Burr, UNL extension educator.
  • "Sprinkler Packages & Placement; Energy Audits," Bill Kranz, University of Nebraska-Lincoln irrigation specialist.
  • "Irrigation Water Management," Curtis Scheele, irrigation water management specialist.
  • "Dust Bowl Descent," Bill Ganzel, executive producer, photographer, writer and editor.
  • "The Weather & Climate of 2012, A Record Breaking Year Filled with Extremes," Ken Dewey, climatologist and professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
  • "NCORPE Augmentation Project" Mike Clements, Lower Republican Natural Resources District manager.
  • "Lake McConaughey Water Supply Projections," Marcia Trompke, conservation director, Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District (Central).
  • "Groundwater Levels in Tri-Basin NRD," John Thorburn, Tri-Basin Natural Resources District manager.

The Holdrege Area Chamber of Commerce joins with the Tri-Basin Natural Resources District, The Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District, and Phelps-Gosper Cooperative Extension to sponsor the event.

Area merchants and agricultural suppliers will be on hand with booths and displays to discuss their products and services with conference attendees.