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 of 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 but used commercially too. More crops = more water.
Water from the river is diverted for irrigation via canals. But plenty of sprinklers drench the land in hot summer months.
Until we find a way to raise crops and animals without water, farms and ranches will require their share of the resource…