Nebraska Water Science Center
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Water Resources of Nebraska
Welcome to the USGS Web page for the Nebraska Water Science Center (NEWSC). Here you'll find information on Nebraska's rivers and streams, groundwater, water quality, and many other topics. The USGS operates the most extensive satellite network of stream-gaging stations in the state, many of which form the backbone of flood-warning systems.
National Dam Safety Awareness Day
May 31 is National Dam Safety Awareness Day
Dams are an integral part of watershed management and provide economic and recreational benefits. Nebraska has more than 2,800 dams listed in the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources Dam Inventory.
May 31st commemorates the worse dam disaster in U.S. history. More than 2,200 people died when the South Fork Dam gave way and flooded Johnstown, Pennsylvania. While much has been learned about dam safety since the Johnstown tragedy, National Dam Safety Awareness Day was created to educate individuals, communities, and organizations about dam safety responsibilities and best practices as well as to celebrate the benefits that dams provide.
More information about dam safety is available from the Association of State Dam Safety Officials, Nebraska Department of Natural Resources, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers websites.
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