The Depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer Affects Kansas' High Plains
From the mid-sixties to present day, the depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer has had a noticable impact on Kansas’ High Plains.
In Julene Bair’s Memoir, “The Ogallala Road,” she discusses the effects that irrigation farming is having on the High Plains due to the large amount of water being pumped from the Ogallala Aquifer.
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Because the Ogallala Aquifers is the main source of water for irrigation farmers who live on the High Plains, there is a significant amount of water—approximately 200 million gallons per farming family—being pumped from it each year.