Some parts of the ogallala aquifer are now dry, and the water table has declined more than 300 feet in other areas the water levels have just been going down, down, down, phillip said. The usable lifespan of the ogallala aquifer is a huge issue for western kansas, and with good reason the farmers, businesses and communities there will be most directly affected by the economic challenges that depletion of the aquifer could create. Ogallala aquifer is being depleted at an annual volume equivalent to 18 colorado rivers although precipitation and river systems are recharging a few parts of the northern aquifer, in most places nature cannot keep up with human demands.
Whether it falls from the sky or is pumped from the ogallala aquifer, water is of central importance to the high plains economy and way of life groundwater pumped from the ogallala aquifer (the principal formation of the high plains aquifer system) has transformed the region from a dustbowl to an agricultural powerhouse. Under the high plains of the midwest, there is a resource called the ogallala aquifer, which is a subsystem of a huge underground mega-system called the high plains aquifer it is made of. The ogallala is a closed aquifer, essentially a nonrenewable resource, that receives less than an inch of annual recharge due to minimal rainfall, high evaporation, and low in ltration of surface water (zwingle 1993 opie 1993 mcguire et al 2003) 3.
The issue’s theme is addressing irrigation aquifer depletion in the ogallala aquifer, and dr kevin wagner, the oklahoma water resources center director and former deputy director of the texas water resources institute, is the issue editor. Saving the ogallala: a sinking feeling if depletion of the ogallala aquifer continues at the current rate, the impact will be felt far beyond the high plains and its farming communities. The ogallala aquifer is a vital source of water since it supplies 81% of the water used in the high plains area the remaining 19% of water comes from surface water (us geological survey, 2008. Robbing peter to pay paul even in water-rich nebraska, overpumping the high plains aquifer, also known as the ogallala, is a problem two-thirds of the ogallala’s water reserves underlie the.
2 the extreme southern extent of the aquifer the ogallala is a water-bearing sand and gravel formation with varying saturated thickness across the region (texas water. Ogallala aquifer ogallala aquifer view larger the ogallala, or high plains, aquifer is a porous body of complex sediments and sedimentary rock formations that conducts groundwater and yields significant quantities of water to wells and springs. The ogallala aquifer underlies approximately 225,000 square miles in the great plains region, particularly in the high plains of texas, new mexico, oklahoma, kansas, colorado, and nebraska the depth of the aquifer from the surface of the land, its reate of natural thickness, vary from region to region. The ogallala aquifer crosses 8 state lines, but after years of irrigation, it’s been drained to record low levels now there are plans to begin restoring the aquifer.
Immense source of groundwater, the ogallala aquifer, was tapped for irrigation water for an area extending from nebraska to the texas panhandle additionally, the region has become a favoured place for cattle feedlots, where range-fed cattle are fattened for market on range-grown corn. The ogallala aquifer, a critical water source for us farmers, could dry up within the next 50 years, according to a report issued this week limited water supplies from the ogallala aquifer will. The high plains aquifer system is the primary source for ground water in the high plains region, most notably for agricultural use this aquifer covers a large area (174,000 sq miles) and spans vertically over eight states (figure 1.
Tapping the aquifer on a hydrographic map, the ogallala is a rorschach inkblot that some describe as the shape of a mushroom, others the south american continent millions of years ago, when the. The high plains water-level monitoring study (hpwlms) is the usgs's response to a directive from congress to report on water-level changes in the high plains [ogallala] aquifer figure 1 location map showing the boundary of the high plains aquifer, major cities and roads, and altitude of land surface. 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. Ogallala aquifer initiative underlying the great plains in eight states, the ogallala supports nearly one-fifth of the wheat, corn, cotton and cattle produced in the united states it has long been the main water supply for the high plains’ population and is being used at an unsustainable rate.
The ogallala aquifer lies under eight states from south dakota to texas if it were above ground, its 174,000-square-mile surface area would be nearly double all five great lakes. High plains - the high plains aquifer (which includes the ogallala aquifer) underlies parts of eight states and has been intensively developed for irrigation since predevelopment, water levels have declined more than 100 feet in some areas and the saturated thickness has been reduced by more than half in others. The ogallala aquifer, the largest unit of the hydrologically connected high plains aquifer system, is one of the world’s largest fresh groundwater resources it underlies 175,000 square miles/ 112 million acres in eight states.