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.

Windmill Water Pump
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.
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