Spring static underground water levels dropped by around 1 foot from 2013 to 2014 in three of four Tribland natural resources districts, officials reported recently.
In the Lower Republican NRD, the districtwide average water level was down .96 of one foot, based on readings in the 235 wells measured.
In the neighboring Little Blue NRD, the average was down an even 1 foot, based on readings from more than 340 wells.
The Lower Republican district encompasses all of Furnas, Harlan and Franklin counties, plus most of Webster County and southern Nuckolls County. Headquarters are in Alma.
The Little Blue district takes in all of Thayer County and parts of Adams, Webster, Clay, Nuckolls, Fillmore and Jefferson counties. Headquarters are in Davenport.
The districts measure the depth to water each spring, allowing for fall and winter recharge following the past irrigation season.