NET’s ‘Nebraska: The Great American Water Machine’ Tells The Story of Water

News Release Date: 
March 12, 2021


For Immediate Release

NET’s ‘Nebraska: The Great American Water Machine’ Tells The Story of Water

LINCOLN, Neb. (March 12, 2021) – Water is part of Nebraska’s story. The new NET Connects program “Nebraska: The Great American Water Machine,” presented by NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations, explores water’s role as the lifeblood of our state. It airs at 7 p.m. CT, Thursday, March 25, on NET World or watch it now at

In the United States, Nebraska ranks first in both irrigated acres and groundwater abundance, yet during the 19th century, it was known as the “Great American Desert.” Those who were migrating through didn’t realize there was a veritable ocean flowing beneath their feet. Nebraska sits atop the Ogallala Aquifer, the largest aquifer in the High Plains System, which covers most of the Great Plains.

“Nebraska: The Great American Water Machine” explores water in our state, including the relationship between groundwater and surface water, how they are connected and consumed, and how we can work together to preserve, protect and manage our water for future generations.

The NET Connects program is produced in cooperation with the Nebraska State Irrigation Association.

“Nebraska: The Great American Water Machine” repeats on NET World at Noon CT, Sunday, March 28; 7 p.m. CT, Thursday, April 15 and Noon CT, Sunday, April 18.  

For more information about the program and additional resources about water in Nebraska, visit

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NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations, is the statewide public media service dedicated to creating opportunities for Nebraskans to engage with critical issues, compelling stories and quality entertainment. NET serves each of Nebraska’s 93 counties with 52,560 hours of programming each year on four television and two radio channels, plus online and mobile content. In addition to providing free, high-quality educational programming for children, NET provides programming in the arts, award-winning news and current affairs information and emergency alert services. For more information about NET, visit