"With Kansas once again threatening Nebraska with alleged non-compliance issues under the three-state Republican River compact, it will be a very opportune time for the tour to visit the basin," said tour co-organizer Michael Jess, associate director of UNL's Water Center.
"There are always questions to be answered regarding Nebraska's and Kansas' stances on compliance with the compact and with a new round of negotiations currently under way between the states and the possibility of legal action by Kansas against Nebraska, it's a very pertinent time to look at some of these issues," Jess said.
Kansas last initiated compact litigation against Nebraska 10 years ago. That lawsuit abruptly ended in 2002 when the two states negotiated a formal settlement. In 2003 Nebraska officials began efforts aimed at meeting obligations specified in the settlement, but in the 2003-2006 timeframe Nebraska's water consumption exceeded agreed-upon limits. In referring to those deficiencies, Kansas threatened renewed court action against Nebraska last year.
Tour price is $390 per person single occupancy or $360 per person double occupancy and includes all food, lodging and motor coach expenses. To register, or for more information, contact Michelle Meyer at the Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce at (800) 652-9435. Registration deadline is May 9 and participation is limited to the first 50 registrants. 2b1af7f3a8