The Cranes

  Every spring, 80% of the world’s Sandhill cranes stop in central Nebraska USA as they migrate north to their summer home. This tradition has taken place for millions of years. The Platte River is perfect for this majestic bird to rest, strengthen, and energize before they continue their journey. The cranes arrive as early …

Hearings and Hope at the Capitol

Hearings about the river’s water are held in the State Capitol.   Through the expansive hallways and cavernous Foyer we find — a small hearings room, packed with stakeholders of the river. We intercut these testimonies throughout the main story. An unused water fountain waits around the corner from the hearings — as our dishonest characters plan …

Farms and Ranches

  There are many farms and ranches in Nebraska. All of them need lots of WATER. While most of them are fed by groundwater, they too are stakeholders to the river. Corn is the primary crop but a thirsty plant. It’s end-use is vast, going well beyond a cob of corn for humans. Soybeans are eaten …

The Dam and Lakes

Water from the North Platte River forms the largest lake in Nebraska. In summer, there is a busy world of outdoor recreation. The lake is created by an earthen dam—engineered to provide hydropower and irrigation—downstream. Despite any bad press you might hear about dams, there are many positive things going on here. Although we will “visit” in …

Small Town Nebraska USA

Between Grand Island and North Platte, the river runs parallel to I-80 and occasionally zigzags under it. Along the way, there are many small towns, which still have a main street USA, an original movie theater, brick streets, and plenty of friendly people. They too need the resource of the river. Be sure to drive …