Posted by: Bob Payne | May 5, 2011

Ogallala Aquifer’s Depletion Poses Sweeping Threat

The small town of Boise City, Okla., which I wrote about in Wednesday’s Times, survived the environmental disaster of the Dust Bowl in the 1930s. But now it faces a confluence of dangers that could push it to the edge of extinction. These include a record drought, a lack of economic development and a declining population. But another important factor that I did not have the space to discuss in the paper is the depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer, which lies beneath the High Plains, including the Oklahoma Panhandle.

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