Yonts Water Conference

The 2020 conference is online

Due to COVID-19 and social distancing, the Yonts Water Conference is online. Videos, slide presentations, and other documents are available below. Additional information and resources will be added as they become available. 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.


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