Nebraska Water Official Steps Down

By: AP
By: AP

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ Nebraska's top water official is stepping down a little more than a year after she was hired.

Gov. Dave Heineman announced Monday that Ann Bleed is retiring.

Bleed's decision leaves a leadership void on water issues at a time when the state is facing problems on several fronts, including a battle with Kansas over use of water in the Republican River basin. Kansas has asked for monetary damages and a shutdown of irrigation wells for Nebraska's overuse of water.

Bleed was interim director of the state Department of Natural Resources from July 2005 until January 2007, when she was hired to
fill the post permanently.

In a news release, she gave no reason for her decision. Heineman
expressed thanks for her service.

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