Nebraska Revised Statute 46-2,108
Appropriation of water for instream flows; terms, defined.
(a) Department means the Department of Natural Resources;
(b) Director means the Director of Natural Resources; and
(c) Instream appropriation means the undiverted application of the waters of a natural stream within or bordering upon the state for recreation or fish and wildlife purposes.
(2) An instream appropriation may be obtained only by the Game and Parks Commission or a natural resources district and only for that amount of water necessary for recreation or fish and wildlife. The instream use of water for recreation or fish and wildlife shall be considered a beneficial use of water.