The 2021 Yonts Conference is scheduled for April 9 in Gering

How much water will the mountain snowpack provide to the North Platte Valley? What’s the state of the irrigation infrastructure in the valley? What have we learned about the system in the past year? How does the complex system of dams, diversions, checks and canals work? Will groundwater irrigation regulations stay the same as last year? Answers to these and other questions – as well as some fresh new questions – will be provided by presenters at the Yonts Water Conference, scheduled for April 9 in Gering. The spring water conference for the North Platte Valley returns in April 2021 after a hiatus, named in honor of the late Dean Yonts, UNL Irrigation Specialist who helped start the event.

The 2021 conference, organized by a regional group of water stakeholders, will take place Friday, April 9, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Gering Civic Center. Lunch will be included. There is no charge to attend, but space is limited and registration is needed by April 5. To register online, go to . To register by phone, call 308-632-1230.

The conference was named in honor of the late Dean Yonts, UNL Irrigation Specialist who helped start the event. It was organized by the North Platte River Water for Ag Committee, made up of Extension, irrigation districts, NRD, agricultural producers, irrigation industry representatives, wildlife groups, ag lenders, agribusinesses, and municipalities. The committee’s work, including the conference, is supported by an Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Water for Agriculture grant.

More information about the 2021 conference here.

The 2020 conference is online

Due to COVID-19 and social distancing, the 2020 Yonts Water Conference was a virtual conference. Videos, slide presentations, and other documents are available below.


North Platte Basin April Spring Snowmelt Forecast:

(U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Mills, Wyo. - most recent forecast available (May)

Bureau of Reclamation's North Platte Project website

Weather Outlook (Don Day, DayWeather)

Groundwater Update (John Berge, North Platte NRD):

The North Platte River

"Rising Water," a film by Scottsbluff film-maker Becky Hughes McMillen, is available to stream for free through May 1, 2020, on Vimeo, in observance of World Water Day 2020. It is co-hosted by The Midwest Theater of Scottsbluff.

History of the North Platte Project: A basic history of and information about the North Platte River U.S. Bureau of Reclamation projects '“ surface irrigation, power generation and other related irrigation and power generation projects '“ on the North Platte River drainage.View the presentation by using the arrows below to advance the slides, or view the original presentation on Slideshare. By Gary Stone, Extension Educator, Panhandle Research & Extension Center

Goshen/Gering-Ft. Laramie Canal Update: Repairs (PDF copy of slides)

(Brad Anderson, Engineer)

Brad Anderson cover slide