NORFOLK, Neb. - Approximately 280 people attended a forum recently in the Lifelong Learning Center at Northeast Community that addressed nitrate issues in Nebraska’s water. The forum, sponsored by the Flatwater Free Press, Norfolk Daily News, and Northeast following a series of articles, “Our Dirty Water, published in the Flatwater Free Press.
Robert Noonan, agriculture instructor at Northeast Community College was among five panelists who spoke during the event. Others included Dr. Jesse Bell, Claire M. Hubbard Professor of Water, Climate and Health Programs at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s College of Public Health, Mike Sousek, general manager of the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District, Randy Hughes, a fourth-generation farmer in the Royal area, and Yanqi Xu, the Flatwater Free Press staff writer who researched and wrote the “Our Dirty Water” series of stories.