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The Importance of Water, Nebraska

As told by Traiven Campbell
Custer County, Nebraska

Story Narrative:

Four children jump in the air as they throw cups of water on each other.

Traiven Campbell created this story to show how lucky people are to live in Nebraska with the Ogallala Aquifer, one of the largest aquifers on earth. Graycee and Brock Oeltjen, and Brody, Bailey, Bowen and Braxton Ridder help Traiven demonstrate the many ways that they use water. This project was created through a County wide partnership with Custer County Historical Society.

Speaker 1 (00:06): Water, about 71% of earth is covered in water. Though this may seem like we have an abundance of water, only 2 to 4% of this water is fresh water. On top of that, most of the fresh water on earth is inaccessible to humans due to glaciers and other factors. This means with all the water on earth, only 1% or even less is usable by humans. That is insane.

Speaker 1 (00:32): Though it can be violent, it is also caring. Water is essential to life and we, as people need to learn how to preserve it.

Speaker 1 (00:45): Three, two, one go.

Speaker 1 (00:49): Us Nebraskans are lucky enough to be living on one of the biggest aquifers in the world. The Ogallala Aquifer it provides us with all of our water needs, such as the ability to water our crops. Sometimes I feel we as Nebraskans don't realize how lucky we are to have all the water that our beautiful state provides.

Asset ID: 8622
Themes: Water, waterways, agriculture, farming, recreation, children
Date recorded: 2018
Length of recording:  2:57 m
Related traveling exhibition: Water/Ways
Sponsor or affiliated organization: Custer County Historical Society, Nebraska
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