State Resource Coordinator for Water
James Goeke

James Goeke is Professor, Survey Division, in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has served as a hydrogeologist in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln since 1970 and is stationed at the West Central Research and Extension Center in North Platte. His research focuses on the groundwater resources of central and southwestern Nebraska, groundwater management under conditions of scarcity, and the age of the Nebraska Sand Hills, which has contributed to models of the unconfined aquifers in the central Platte region and stream-aquifer studies in the Republican River Valley. Goeke has worked closely with the Natural Resources Districts in west-central Nebraska to develop and implement state-mandated groundwater management plans. His work with the Upper Republican NRD in southwestern Nebraska since the 1970s has focused on meeting the challenges of declining water tables and water restrictions, including a moratorium on well-drilling and groundwater metering. He also has assisted the Middle Republican and the Twin Platte NRDs with groundwater management issues. Goeke collaborates with the U.S. Geological Survey on the High Plains Regional Aquifer System Analysis and the High Plains National Water Quality Assessment programs. He is widely recognized for his efforts in preserving Nebraskaís water and other natural resources, including the Maurice Kremer award from the Nebraska Groundwater Foundation and the State Foresterís Award from the Nebraska Forest Service. Goeke received his B.S. from the University of Wisconsin and his M.S. from Colorado State University.