Nebraska water the focus of 2020 seminar series

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Nebraska water the focus of 2020 seminar series

Photo Credit: Erik Johnson
Photo Credit: Erik Johnson

The Nebraska Water Center, in partnership with the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s School of Natural Resources, will begin its annual Spring Water Seminar Series this month.

This year, the focus is on current issues related to Nebraska water. The public series takes place most Wednesdays throughout the spring from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Hardin Hall Auditorium. The series will also be live-streamed from the Nebraska Water Center homepage.

This year's series includes a wide range of lecturers from across the country and around the state. Together they will provide diverse perspectives on water, from groundwater modeling to supplying water to thirsty cities. With the recent devastating flooding, recognizing the state’s ever-changing water issues is as essential as ever. Established in 1968, the series provides a forum to increase awareness and allow for meaningful conversation regarding these issues.

The 2020 series lectures are:

  • Jan. 22: John Nieber, University of Minnesota, “Vadose Zone Processes and Modeling.” A short informational interview with Nieber is available online.

  • Feb. 5: Shannon Bartelt-Hunt, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, “Water Quality and Citizen Science Project.”

  • Feb. 19: Laura Johnson, Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio, “Nutrient Dynamics in Agricultural Ecosystems.” A short informational interview with Johnson is available online.

  • March 4: Roric Paulman, Paulman Farms, “Through a Farmer’s Eyes.”

  • March 18: Keith Miller, Hastings Utilities; Jim Shields, Metropolitan Utilities District; and Steve Owen, City of Lincoln, “Municipal Water Management”

  • April 8: Christopher Olson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, “Know Your Well Project”

  • April 22: Sorab Panday, GSI Environmental Inc. & University of Nebraska-Lincoln, “Understand Your Water Resource with Groundwater Modeling”

The series doubles as a one-credit hour undergraduate/graduate course, with writing assignments and in-class, student-led discussions on alternate weeks. Students interested in registering should be junior level or above.