The 2008 UNL Water Tour will visit the lower Republican River basin in Kansas and Nebraska on June 3-5.
Increasing urbanization and water use in and near Ft. Riley, Kan. due to military buildup to support ongoing military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan will be apparent.
Beginning near the river's mouth at Junction City, other Kansas tour stops will include Milford reservoir, Kansas Bostwick Irrigation District and a site near Keith Sebelius Reservoir where Kansas State University and University of Nebraska researchers are investigating changes in overland runoff caused by terracing and other conservation measures.
In Nebraska, tour participants will visit the recently completed ethanol plant at Cambridge. Efforts to control salt cedar and other invasive species, using a special funding provided by the state legislature, will be examined below Harlan County Dam.
On the final day, Nebraska tour participants will join those taking part in a similar tour organized by the Kansas Geological Survey. Following lunch at Superior Estates Winery, legislative and executive branch official from both states will discuss water issues in the Republican River basin.
To register for the 2008 tour, contact Michelle Meyer, Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce, at (308) 237-3168. Registration fees will cover all lodging, transportation and meal expenses.