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Water Issues in Nebraska

February 7 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join Conservation Nebraska and the Nebraska Water Center as we hear from Daniel Snow on current water quality issues in the state of Nebraska.
Current water quality issues in Nebraska have come about because of the abundant surface and groundwater combined with an economy which is highly dependent on agriculture. Annual and increasing use of fertilizers and pesticides, along with extensive irrigation, have helped maintain a productive and profitable crop and livestock production. While the hydrogeology of the state provides for a ready supply of freshwater, it also contributes to the vulnerability of some groundwater which serves as a drinking water source for many Nebraskans. In spite of these challenges, research efforts are underway to help prevent and remediate contamination of our water resources through better management of fertilizer, pesticides, and our increasingly precious freshwater resource.
Daniel Snow has been an integral part of the University of Nebraska Water Sciences Laboratory (WSL) when he was hired as Laboratory Manager in 1990. Serving as WSL director since 2003, he oversees WSL staff and operations, using analytical chemistry to help understand how water becomes contaminated and what we can do to prevent it. A good part of his work at the WSL involves creating analytical methods for new or “emerging” environmental contaminants including compounds such as new classes of pesticides, pharmaceuticals, algal toxins, steroid hormones and even explosives in environmental samples. Dr. Snow leads in the development of new methods to measure and use stable and radioactive isotopes as tracers to study environmental problems and processes.


February 7
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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