NRCS’ Ogallala Aquifer Initiative Helps Landowners Conserve Water and Playas
Water—or the lack of it—is of primary concern for many people living in the western Great Plains, especially as drought conditions continue. The effects of the drought can be seen across the landscape, but what isn’t visible is the steep decline in the Ogallala Aquifer—which underlies about 225,000 square miles throughout parts of Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming—and the efforts to counteract it through irrigation system improvements as well as playa conservation.
"The water decline in the aquifer is extreme in some portions, especially down south in Texas and New Mexico," says Craig Derickson, State Conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Nebraska. READ MORE > >