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Neb. water task force to study Lower Platte basin

LA VISTA, Neb. (AP) -- A Nebraska water task force is slated to study the urban and rural water needs within the Lower Platte River Basin.

The Nebraska Water Funding Task Force will meet Thursday and Friday in La Vista as part of its ongoing review of state water priorities. The meeting is the sixth time the task force has convened.

The 34-member task force was formed earlier this year. It includes state lawmakers, Natural Resources Commission members and appointees from cities, irrigation and power districts, and farms and ranches.

The group is charged with ranking the proposed projects based on which does the most to ensure water is used productively and benefits residents.