The Nebraska Water Leaders Academy is supported through grants and private donations. Since 2011, the Academy has received significant support from the Nebraska Environmental Trust. This funding requires that the Academy secure matching funds.

How to give: All donations to the Nebraska Water Leaders Academy tax exempt and are accepted through the Water Futures Partnership-Nebraska a 501 (c) 3 organization whose sole purpose is the support of the Academy.

By check: To Water Future Partnership-Nebraska, 1233 Lincoln Mall, #201, Lincoln, NE 68508

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All gifts are greatly appreciated and will receive a personal acknowledgement and will be recognized on all Academy printed materials.

2017 Academy Sponsors


  • Diamond Plastics Corporation


  • Nebraska Public Power District
  • Central Nebraska Public Power & Irrigation District
  • Lindsay Corporation
  • Valmont Industries Inc.
  • Loup Basin Reclamation District
  • Reinke Manufacturing Co., Inc
  • Pathfinder Irrigation District
  • Nebraska State Irrigation Association
  • The Harry A. Koch Co.
  • Farwell Irrigation District
  • Lincoln Community Foundation “Give to Lincoln Day”


  • Twin Loups Irrigation District
  • Lee & Rita Orton
  • Ainsworth Irrigation District
  • Carol Jess, CJJ Communications
  • Michael Jess, Water Resources Engineer
  • Tom Knutson, Water Management Solutions
  • Frenchman Cambridge Irrigation District
  • Gering Ft. Laramie Irrigation District
  • Farmers Irrigation District
  • Smith Snyder & Pettit, Attorneys at Law


  • North Platte Natural Resources District
  • Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District
  • Alliance Irrigation District
  • Mirage Flats Irrigation District
  • Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District
  • Sargent Irrigation District


Mike Jess

"I have supported the Academy since its inception both as a volunteer presenter and through a regular financial contribution for this reason: the Academy does an outstanding job in exposing tomorrow’s water leaders to knowledge of Nebraska’s resource base, its historical development and use and to teach effective skills necessary to protect those resources for future generations. "

Michael Jess, PE
Consulting Water Resources Engineer