(Neb)-Neb, Colo Reach Republican River Settlement
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska and Colorado have announced a settlement of Nebraska's lawsuit over claims that Colorado used more than its share of water from the Republican River. The 75-year old Republican River Compact, which includes Kansas, apportions the river between the 3 states.
While Colorado is now in compliance with the compact, the settlement resolves allegations of past violations with a $4-million dollar payment by Colorado and a pledge by Nebraska not to sue over anything that happened before 2014. The settlement includes no admission of guilt and the money must still be approved by the Colorado legislature.
Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts says the settlement means "Nebraska and Colorado can now continue to focus on providing their water users with greater certainty and to pursue other collaborative opportunities to benefit their shared economies."
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper says the payment isn't so much a penalty as it is a funding source for enhancement projects on the Republican River in Nebraska that will create "additional opportunities for cooperative water management between the states."
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