irrigation http://hppr.org en A history lesson in irrigation http://hppr.org/post/history-lesson-irrigation <p></p><p>Everyone knew the open, treeless High Plains wasn’t a place to put down roots.&nbsp; Making a home, farming, and development takes water, and in Western Kansas it’s arid and rainfall is in short supply.&nbsp; Enter the grand idea of irrigation.</p><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 05:00:01 +0000 Cindee Talley 35052 at http://hppr.org A history lesson in irrigation Water is the cornerstone of SW Kansas economy http://hppr.org/post/water-cornerstone-sw-kansas-economy <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The ag world is gearing up to feed 9 billion people, but the Ogallala Aquifer sprawling under the surface of eight Midwestern states is going down the drain.&nbsp; In fact, in some places, it’s gone reported </span><a href="http://www.kansasagland.com/news/water/grant-co-farmer-others-see-firsthand-the-need-for-water/article_38508180-b66c-5003-9c44-2c4cb9eb5e4f.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">Amy Bickel for Kansas Agland.</a></p><p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 35051 at http://hppr.org Water is the cornerstone of SW Kansas economy Recovering from flooding, Colorado farmers hope for enough water http://hppr.org/post/recovering-flooding-colorado-farmers-hope-enough-water <p>When <a href="http://kunc.org/post/death-toll-likely-rise-colorado-flooding-officials-say">September’s flood waters came down from the Front Range foothills</a>, they destroyed homes and wrecked office parks. The water ruined roads, bridges and highways. The floods destroyed farms and crops, and unleashed tremendous pressure on aging irrigation infrastructure, some of which dated back to the late 1800s. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 23:00:53 +0000 Luke Runyon 29431 at http://hppr.org Recovering from flooding, Colorado farmers hope for enough water Projecting the future of the Ogallala Aquifer http://hppr.org/post/projecting-future-ogallala-aquifer <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In 1960 just 3 percent of the&nbsp;</span>Ogallala<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;aquifer under Western Kansas had been tapped.&nbsp; By 2010 it was 30 percent.&nbsp; By 2060 it will be 69 percent.&nbsp; And once depleted, it will take 500-1,300 years to completely refill.&nbsp; These projections are all from a recently issued, comprehensive, four year study from Kansas State University.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 05:00:01 +0000 Quentin Hope 20875 at http://hppr.org Projecting the future of the Ogallala Aquifer Doing More With Less Water http://hppr.org/post/doing-more-less-water <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The future of agriculture across the Great Plains hinges on water. Without it, nothing can grow.</span></p><p>Climate models&nbsp;<a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/article/thirsty-cities-drain-colorado-farmland">and population growth</a>&nbsp;paint a pretty bleak picture for water availability a few decades from now. If farmers want to stay in business, they have to figure out how to do more with less. Enter: super efficient irrigation systems.</p><p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 05:00:01 +0000 Luke Runyon 20491 at http://hppr.org Doing More With Less Water