Governor Ricketts visits possible sites of the Perkins County canal and reservoir system along the South Platte River

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Governor Ricketts tours possible sites of the Perkins County canal and reservoir system along the South Platte River

Left to right: DNR Director Tom Riley, Governor Pete Ricketts, President Mike Hilgers and Attorney General Doug Peterson investigation the Sutherland Supply Channel.

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SOUTH PLATE RIVER BASIN – On Tuesday, Gov. Pete Ricketts toured parts of the South Platte River Basin with state officials. The tour offered first-hand insight into drought conditions and included a windshield survey of possible routes and reservoir locations for the Perkins County Canal, the project designed to protect and preserve water in the South River Platte entering Nebraska from Colorado.

The Governor was accompanied by Attorney General Doug Peterson; Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Mike Hilgers; and Tom Riley, Director of the Department of Natural Resources.

“Much of the state is in drought,” Governor Ricketts said. “This visit has reinforced the need for us to protect every drop of water in the South Platte River that we can. The Perkins County Canal is essential for this purpose.

Preliminary work on the canal project is progressing.

“At this time, we are following the path laid out by the Legislative Assembly as we work towards realizing the vision of a fully functioning canal and reservoir system over the next few years,” Director Riley explained. “This includes a study of the project, as well as preliminary design and construction plans. In the meantime, we are actively seeking option agreements for properties along the general canal corridor. And, of course, we continue to engage regularly with our counterparts in Colorado. »

An independent report on the canal’s costs, benefits and water supply is expected in December.

Additional photos of the tour are available here.

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