K A T H R Y N C L A R K Ogallala Aquifer Depletion, 2014. Four 4" x 6" indigo dyed linen textiles with embroidery and ink.

K A T H R Y N C L A R K Ogallala Aquifer Depletion, 2014. Four 4" x 6" indigo dyed linen textiles with embroidery and ink.

Cattle roam near a water tank on a ranch in northeastern Colorado. Farmers in the region are beginning to consider new limits on the amount of water they draw from the shrinking Ogallala Aquifer.

Cattle roam near a water tank on a ranch in northeastern Colorado. Farmers in the region are beginning to consider new limits on the amount of water they draw from the shrinking Ogallala Aquifer.

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Withdrawal rates from the Ogallala Aquifer

Withdrawal rates from the Ogallala Aquifer

The Ogallala Aquifer (shaded area) is in a state of overdraft owing to the current rate of water use. If withdrawals continue unabated, the aquifer could be depleted in only a few decades.

The Ogallala Aquifer (shaded area) is in a state of overdraft owing to the current rate of water use. If withdrawals continue unabated, the aquifer could be depleted in only a few decades.

Sustainability: Water - The Ogallala Aquifer - Science360 - Video Library

Sustainability: Water - The Ogallala Aquifer - Science360 - Video Library

The Ogallala Aquifer: Saving a Vital U.S. Water Source - Scientific American

The Ogallala Aquifer: Saving a Vital U.S. Water Source - Scientific American

Landowner protests construction of the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline in Texas. A recent report in Nebraska has done little to quell concerns that a spill on the northern leg of the Keystone XL would harm the Ogallala aquifer, the main drinking water source for Nebraskans. Credit: Tar Sands Blockade, flickr

Landowner protests construction of the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline in Texas. A recent report in Nebraska has done little to quell concerns that a spill on the northern leg of the Keystone XL would harm the Ogallala aquifer, the main drinking water source for Nebraskans. Credit: Tar Sands Blockade, flickr

Center-pivot sprinklers are among the irrigation methods used in the High Plains. Large quantities of groundwater pumped from the Ogallala Aquifer allows these semiarid western lands to yield abundant harvests.

Center-pivot sprinklers are among the irrigation methods used in the High Plains. Large quantities of groundwater pumped from the Ogallala Aquifer allows these semiarid western lands to yield abundant harvests.

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