Archive for the ‘Ogallala Aquifer’ Category

Agriculture Built These U.S. High Plains Towns, But Now It Might Run Them Dry

Via Stateline, an article on efforts by rural midwestern towns to keep their sole water source – the Ogalla Aquifer – intact: Brownie Wilson pulls off a remote dirt road right through a steep ditch and onto a farmer’s field. He hops out of his white Silverado pickup, mud covering nearly all of it except […]

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Trucking In Water To Preserve Ogallala Aquifer

Via Daily Kos, an article on how – in an effort to preserve the Ogallala Aquifer – one Kansas groundwater district is considering trucking in water: One of the world’s largest aquifers is struggling to maintain its typical levels and officials are scrambling to preserve what little water remains. Southwestern Kansas’ Groundwater Management District 3 […]

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Ogallala Aquifer: The Wells Dried Up This Year

Via KTIC’s Rural Radio, a report on the dire impact the summer’s drought had on the Ogallala Aquifer: A post on social media from Haskell County, Kansas, pointed to a stark example of the impact of extreme drought and high crop irrigation demand in the 2022 year. “(The) well is basically out of water now. Been […]

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Drilling Deeper: U.S. Groundwater Wells Race Towards Bottom

Via Circle of Blue, an interesting look at how well depths are increasing across the United States: To locate sufficient supplies of fresh water, the nation’s groundwater wells are being drilled deeper and deeper, according to an analysis of more than 10 million well records since the 1950s. “No matter how you slice it, we’re […]

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U.S. Midwest: Groundwater Pumping Drying Streams, Driving Fish Extinctions

Via EurekAlert, a sobering article on the impact of groundwater pumping in the Midwest: Farmers in the Great Plains of Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas and the panhandle of Texas produce about one-sixth of the world’s grain, and water for these crops comes from the High Plains Aquifer — often known as the Ogallala Aquifer — the […]

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USA: Irrigation Nation Faces A Dry Future

Via Pacific Standard, an interesting look at how irrigation helped create America’s breadbasket and how it threatens to destroy it: Rick Hammond turned a yellow dial until it locked into place with a hollow clank, and a high-pressure hum filled the air. Across the windswept field, a light started blinking atop a metal contraption that […]

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