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Rural areas at risk as water levels drop in massive aquifer

DENVER (AP) — The draining of a massive aquifer that underlies portions of eight states in the central U.S. is drying up streams, causing fish to disappear and threatening the livelihood of farmers who rely on it for their crops. 425 more words

National / World

@NSF: How much water flows into agricultural irrigation? New study provides 18-year water use record

More than 9,000 Landsat images provide vegetation health metrics for the Republican River Basin. Credit: David Hyndman

The Republican River’s South Fork near Hale, Colorado, with the region’s seemingly endless fields. 619 more words

Climate Change

High Plains Aquifer pumping is impacting surface water and native fish

From The Denver Post (Bruce Finley):

The agricultural overpumping from thousands of wells continues despite decades of warnings from researchers that the aquifer — also known as the Ogallala, the world’s largest underground body of fresh water — is shrinking.

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Colorado Water

Solving the problem of the declining Ogallala aquifer: "It’s for the generation that’s not here" -- Dwane Roth

From The Hutchinson News (Amy Bickel):

Because of technology, Roth is working to embrace what might seem like an unfathomable concept in these parts – especially when you can’t see what is happening underground.

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Colorado Water

A quick look at Ogallala Aquifer water rights governance

From High Plains Public Radio (Susan Stover):

Texas manages groundwater with the Rule of Capture. The groundwater belongs to the landowner without a defined limit. It’s sometimes known as the Law of the Biggest Pump.

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Colorado Water

Nebraska Scenic Byway

Sandhills Journey… State Route 2

From Alliance, NE we travel across the north-central part of the state through the Sandhills, a region of mixed-grass prairie on grass-stabilized sand dunes. 677 more words


Stabilizing water levels in [High Plains Aquifer] possible, survey shows -- @KUnews

Here’s the release from the University of Kansas:

For at least the next one to two decades, irrigators in western Kansas may not have to cut groundwater use nearly as drastically as once thought to stem declines in the High Plains aquifer, according to water experts at the Kansas Geological Survey based at the University of Kansas.

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Colorado Water