Nebraska State Constitution Article XV-7

Article XV-7


Use of water for power purposes.

The use of the waters of the state for power purposes shall be deemed a public use and shall never be alienated, but may be leased or otherwise developed as by law prescribed.


  • Neb. Const. art. XIV, sec. 7 (1920);
  • Adopted 1920, Constitutional Convention, 1919-1920, No. 36;
  • Transferred by Constitutional Convention, 1919-1920, art. XV, sec. 7.


Right to appropriate public waters of state for generating electrical energy is franchise, and taxable as such. Northern Nebraska Power Co. v. Holt County, 120 Neb. 724, 235 N.W. 92 (1931).