Western Nebraska Observer - Observations all along the line - Kimball & the Southern Panhandle First

Reduced and unstable streamflow into Oliver Reservoir causes concern


Tonia Copeland

Water levels at Oliver Reservoir, west of Kimball, have fluctuated significantly in the past two decades, leading the South Platte Natural Resources District to consider options for augmenting the water flow into the reservoir or minimizing loss due to seepage and evaporation.

Despite a moratorium they adopted in 2002 on drilling new wells with a capacity of 50 gallons per minute or greater, the South Platte Natural Resources District may consider drilling an augmentation well south of Oliver Reservoir with a capacity of 800 – 1,000 gallons per minute.

This measure, one of two being considered to augment water levels at Oliver Reservoir Recreation Area, was discussed at the second public meeting regarding diminished streamflow, on March 23.

Representatives from The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the South Platte Natural Resources District were present a...

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