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Drilling Deeper: U.S. Groundwater Wells Race Towards Bottom

Via Circle of Blue, an interesting look at how well depths are increasing across the United States: To locate sufficient supplies of fresh water, the nation’s groundwater wells are being drilled deeper and deeper, according to an analysis of more than 10 million well records since the 1950s. “No matter how you slice it, we’re […]

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U.S. Midwest: Groundwater Pumping Drying Streams, Driving Fish Extinctions

Via EurekAlert, a sobering article on the impact of groundwater pumping in the Midwest: Farmers in the Great Plains of Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas and the panhandle of Texas produce about one-sixth of the world’s grain, and water for these crops comes from the High Plains Aquifer — often known as the Ogallala Aquifer — the […]

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USA: Irrigation Nation Faces A Dry Future

Via Pacific Standard, an interesting look at how irrigation helped create America’s breadbasket and how it threatens to destroy it: Rick Hammond turned a yellow dial until it locked into place with a hollow clank, and a high-pressure hum filled the air. Across the windswept field, a light started blinking atop a metal contraption that […]

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Water: Precious Commodity Sparks Fear, Feuds and Lawsuits On U.S. Great Plains

Via E&E Publishing, a report on It took 10 million years for rainfall and glacial runoff to fill the sprawling Ogallala Aquifer. It took a century to drain a third of it and threaten its future. Spread under parts of eight Great Plains states — Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas and […]

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A Boon(e) for Water Pipelines?

As recently featured in Popular Mechanics, legendary Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens is in the planning stages of a $1.5 billion initiative to pump billions of gallons of water from an ancient aquifer beneath the Texas Panhandle and build pipelines to ship them to thirsty cities such as Dallas.   As the article notes: “…So far, […]

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T. Boone Pickens: Water is the New Oil

As recently reported by Business Week, T. Boone Pickens thinks water is the “new oil’ and he’s betting $100 million that he is correct.  As the article notes: “…Pickens has also bought up the rights to a considerable amount of water that lies below this part of the High Plains in a vast aquifer that […]

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