Court rulings favorable for Republican Basin NRDs, NCORPE

When it comes to Nebraska Supreme Court rulings on water issues lately, the high court has come down on the side of Republican Basin natural resources districts (NRDs), the state and even NCORPE.
    Nebraska Deputy Attorney General Justin Lavene serves as the bureau chief for the newly created Agriculture Environment & Natural Resources Bureau in the Attorney General’s office.
    Lavene has been one of the lead attorneys for the state of Nebraska dealing with compact compliance issues with Kansas and lawsuits against the state, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and NRDs in the basin.
    Lavene appeared as one of the keynote speakers during the Upper Republican NRD’s second annual water conference March 27.
    Last year, Lavene talked about five lawsuits filed against the state and/or NRDs by surface water users in the basin.
    At this year’s water conference, he noted that the Nebraska Supreme Court dismissed two of the suits and days prior to the conference, another was dismissed voluntarily.
    Of course, one of last year’s key topics was the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Kansas vs. Nebraska.
    Since then, the two states have come together to work out agreements on water use in the basin beneficial to both states.

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