Nebraska Revised Statute 61-205
Department of Natural Resources; general grant of authority.
The Department of Natural Resources shall exercise the powers and perform the duties assigned to the Department of Water Resources prior to July 1, 2000. The Department of Natural Resources shall exercise the powers and perform the duties assigned to the Nebraska Natural Resources Commission prior to July 1, 2000, except as otherwise specifically provided.
The Director of Natural Resources and his or her duly authorized assistants shall have access at all reasonable times to all dams, reservoirs, hydroelectric plants, water measuring devices, and headgates, and other devices for diverting water, for the purpose of performing the duties assigned to the department.
Department is the successor of prior boards dealing with irrigation. State v. Nielsen, 163 Neb. 372, 79 N.W.2d 721 (1956).
Under former law, Department of Roads and Irrigation exercised powers and functions of former Board of Irrigation. In re Claim Affidavit of Parsons, 148 Neb. 239, 27 N.W.2d 190 (1947).