Officials to conduct water conservation campiagn

Local officials Wednesday says they will conduct an information campaign over the next couple months on water conservation as residents and others take care of public landscapes in drought conditions.

Dave Ostdiek with the UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center says seven weekly news-releases beginning in early April will outline water saving topics and the benefits of conservation. In addition, two free public workshops will be held at the Lied Scottsbluff Public Library April 23rd and 24th.

Scottsbluff, Gering, and Terrytown city officials also emphasized voluntary water conservation by residents. Amy Seiler with the Nebraska Forest Service says residents should think about watering their trees and plants right now before they start getting it on their turf.

Jim Schild with the Scotts Bluff County Extension Service encourages residents to be patient in getting your lawn started, noting once you start doing regular watering and mowing, you have no choice but to continue. Schild says putting a quarter inch of water on the turf now to keep the roots in good shape is a good idea and you can go ahead and remove the dead grass. Schild is also encouraging mowing higher this summer and using less fertilizer in an effort to save water.

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