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Megafarms and deeper wells are draining the water beneath rural Arizona

In the Southeast we have our competition for groundwater for irrigation and other needs, which has now become part of the Water War between Florida, Georgia and Alabama. But competition for groundwater is occurring in many other parts of the US as well. This long story from the Arizona Republic describes the competition for irrigation water in Arizona and how it is affecting farms and farmers there. The depletion of ground water may make farming not feasible there in the not too distant future, and many smaller farmers are already having their wells run dry as water tables drop. You can read the article here.

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