Team Projects

Each year a class is divided into groups and asked to work on a project throughout the course.

It’s an important aspect of our program that puts the leadership skills we teach together with a technical problem to solve the mandatory team project. Each class has produced ideas that are amazing in their creativity as well as their practical application to real issues.


A VideoGage is designed to help individuals, water users, casual observers and media who cover water issues to get a sense of water quantity in the state. The VideoGage is now hosted on the website of The Flatwater Group in Lincoln

Groundwater Quantity

NRDs Are Managing Water Statewide:

Nebraska’s 23 Natural Resources Districts (NRDs) are uniquely positioned to manage the conservation of the state’s natural resources through local governance.  Because of Nebraska’s diverse geology, climatology, and hydrology, each NRD—and it’s locally elected board of directors—are able to enact rules, regulations, and programs that can assist its District’s citizens and protect local natural resources for future generations to share.  Water management regulations in particular include allocating groundwater, augmenting surface water, requiring flow meters, instituting well drilling moratoriums, requiring water use reports, and restricting the expansion of irrigated acres.  Individual NRDs use these regulations in different combinations and to different degrees depending on their respective geographic areas of concern.  Click on the Statewide Water Quantity Map showing all 23 NRDs and their most recent status of water management techniques. 

So why does this matter to you?   Quite simply, Nebraska’s NRDs are working to ensure that you and future generations can continue to share in the use and enjoyment of our natural resources.  Nebraska’s NRDs:  Protecting Lives, Protecting Property, and Protecting the Future…

Water Meter Project

Project to get citizens to monitor weather across the state of nebraska

Drinking Water Brochure

This project focused on domestic drinking water wells and explains why they should be tested annually. The group produced this brochure and developed a distribution plan to get the word out.

“The Water Leaders Academy was one of the best educational opportunities I have experienced. Not only did WLA expand my knowledge of water issues in Nebraska, but also expanded my network of water professionals.  I use the knowledge gained from WLA frequently in my career as a water resources engineer. “

Mike Placke, PE, Class V

Water Resources Engineer, Olsson Associates - Lincoln, NE