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Irrigating the “Great American Desert”–can it last?

The Denver Post wrote a long article this week about how farmers in eastern Colorado continue to use water from the Ogalalla Aquifer even though it is being rapidly depleted. How long will they be able to keep it up? And what will happen to grain production in the central US once they can no longer depend on irrigation water but are restricted to dryland crops? No matter what you think about changes in climate, this is going to be a huge issue and is already affecting the lives of local farmers in the region.  Read more at

WRAY, CO – SEPTEMBER 12: Employees of New Banks Pumps fixed a stock tank well on September 12, 2017 in Wray, Colorado. They were able to get the well working again, but only less than a foot of water was measured in the well hole, leaving the rancher with only a trickle of water to fill the tanks for his cattle. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post)