Aquifer Water Levels Dropping in the High Plains, Threatening Crops

Outlet: International Business Times

November 8, 2011

Large-scale Irrigation in some Midwestern states may be approaching their breaking points as unsustainable watering practices face diminishing water levels. In the next 25 years some parts of the country may go “dry” faster than expected. The High Plains (or Ogallala) Aquifer spans 111 million acres totaling 173,000 square miles. It’s a veritable underground ocean and is used to irrigate crops and support livestock in eight states from South Dakota to Texas…

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