Nebraska Authors

Ann Bleed

Former Nebraska State Hydrologist (appointed 1988), former Deputy Director and former Director State Department of Natural Resources, Bleed helped the state negotiate settlements of two interstate lawsuits involving the North Platte Decree and the Republican River Compact filed with the U.S. Supreme Court. She helped to create the Platte River Recovery and Implementation Program, a federal and three-state (Nebraska, Colorado, and Wyoming) program to provide water and habitat on the Platte River to meet requirements of the federal Endangered Species Act. Bleed is recognized as having had great influence over policies regarding surface and groundwater in Nebraska and as having helped to raise issues that will continue to impact water policies in the future.

Places Lived

Lincoln, NE
Little Rock, AR

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


Geology; Hydrology; Platte River; Ground Water; Surface Waters


MS in Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
PhD in Ecology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI


Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
Nebraska State Hydrologist
Nebraska State Department of Natural Resources Deputy Director and Director
Nebraska State Department of Natural Resources Senior Program Manager
Ann Bleed and Associates, Lincoln, NE
Adjunct Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE

Places Worked

Nebraska State Department of Natural Resources
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
Ann Bleed and Associates, Lincoln, NE


Spouse of University of Nebraska - Lincoln anthropology professor, Peter Bleed


An Atlas of the Sand Hills. 1989. (with Charles Flowerday)
Nebraska's Natural Resources Districts: An Assessment of a Large-Scale Locally Controlled Water Governance Framework. Policy Report 1 of the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute, University of Nebraska. 2015. (with Christina Hoffman Babbit.)

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