OGALLALA, Neb. – Cory Steinke, the Civil Engineer for the Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District, revealed that Lake McConaughy is at 79.6 percent capacity, which is significantly more than last year.
Thanks to the heavy rains over the last few months, the relationship between the lake and farmers in need of irrigation, has been healthy. The lake has shut down this week for maintenance on hydro-plants.
The rain lowers stress levels of Steinke and his maintenance crew while benefiting irrigation and dry land farmers simultaneously.
In a dry season, it is up to Cory and CNPPID to follow regulations and limit farmers in their irrigation use. Seasons with heavier rains ensure those regulations won’t need to be enforced.
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