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Crucial Ogallala Aquifer Being Destroyed by Overdrawing


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#1 LFC

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Posted 08 August 2018 - 05:26 PM

When will we learn that we just can't keep taking more forever. (Hmmmm. Sounds like Republican budget math.)

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Every summer the U.S. Central Plains go dry, leading farmers to tap into groundwater to irrigate sorghum, soy, cotton, wheat and corn and maintain large herds of cattle and hogs. As the heat rises, anxious irrigators gather to discuss whether and how they should adopt more stringent conservation measures.

They know that if they do not conserve, the Ogallala Aquifer, the source of their prosperity, will go dry. The Ogallala, also known as the High Plains Aquifer, is one of the largest underground freshwater sources in the world. It underlies an estimated 174,000 square miles of the Central Plains and holds as much water as Lake Huron. It irrigates portions of eight states, from Wyoming, South Dakota and Nebraska in the north to Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas in the south.

But the current drought plaguing the region is unusually strong and persistent, driving farmers to rely more on the aquifer and sharpening the debate over its future. A current assessment by the U.S. Drought Monitor, published by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, shows large swaths of the southern plains experiencing drought ranging from “severe” to “exceptional.”

These worrisome prospects form the dramatic backdrop to “Ogallala: Water for a Dry Land,” now out in its third edition. In it, my fellow historians John Opie and Kenna Lang Archer and I set current debates over the Ogallala Aquifer in the context of the region’s equally conflicted past.

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Posted 08 August 2018 - 08:05 PM

So once it runs dry, you can build oil pipelines through the Sand Hills without having to worry about contaminating the groundwater! :)
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Posted 08 August 2018 - 09:25 PM

View Postbaw1064, on 08 August 2018 - 08:05 PM, said:

So once it runs dry, you can build oil pipelines through the Sand Hills without having to worry about contaminating the groundwater! :)

So it is a feature, not a bug.
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