Western Kansas confronts the challenges of a dwindling water supply

Outlet: High Plains Public Radio

August 1, 2013

Imagine enough water to fill a couple of great lakes, but spread under some of the driest parts of eight western states. That was the High Plains Aquifer 60 years ago, before new pumping and irrigation systems made it easy for farmers to extract billions of gallons from it and use it to grow lucrative crops on the arid land. An agricultural gold rush of sorts followed, transforming the regional economy.