Irrigation, which transformed agriculture in Kansas into a much more profitable industry decades ago, now is starting to exhaust the groundwater that fed the change. Read, or listen to, a National Public Radio report on the pumping and efforts to constrain it and preserve the High Plains Aquifer.
Today’s New York Times has a compelling article on big drops in water levels in the High Plains Aquifer that farmers rely on for irrigation in a huge swath of land stretching from Wyoming down to Texas. Some Kansas farmers who have been raising corn are having to switch to less water-intensive, less profitable, crops … Read more Water shortages — In Kansas and China
The Freshwater Society blog publishes a digest of important regional, national and international articles and research on water and the environment. Scan the articles here, then follow the links to read the articles in their entirety where they originally were published. Groundwater is being overused Humans are over-exploiting underground water reservoirs in many large agricultural … Read more Groundwater overused across the globe
Each week, the Freshwater Society posts links to some of the best regional, national and international coverage of water and the environment. Follow the links to the publications where the articles originally appeared, and let us know your reaction to the research and policy issues they report. EPA designates greenhouse gases as pollutants The Environmental … Read more Greenhouse gases; drugs in the water