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Nitrate Levels Across the State Examined

Sky-high nitrate levels appear to be particularly threatening to Nebraskans living near river valleys in central and northeast Nebraska, according to well water data.

The state’s two largest cities, Omaha and Lincoln, have low nitrate levels, but some smaller communities surrounding them show elevated levels.

In central Nebraska, on both sides of the river from Kearney to northwest of Hastings, a band of recently tested wells showed nitrate levels higher than the EPA limit. Between the Platte River and Lower Loup River is a corridor of cities flanked by high-nitrate wells, including Kearney, Grand Island, and Columbus.

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