Ogallala Aquifer http://hppr.org en Kansas water plan team gets an earful in Hays http://hppr.org/post/kansas-water-plan-team-gets-earful-hays <p></p><p>The water plan for the state of Kansas was recently unveiled.&nbsp; The goal is to ensure a reliable water supply for the future according to a <a href="http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jul/1/kansas-to-release-first-draft-of-water-vision-plan/?page=all">recent article from the Washington Times</a>.</p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 05:00:01 +0000 Cindee Talley 34358 at http://hppr.org Kansas water plan team gets an earful in Hays Down to the last drop: The Texas Panhandle water crisis http://hppr.org/post/down-last-drop-texas-panhandle-water-crisis <p></p><p>If you ask Dale Artho about climate change, and the predictions scientists are making, he’ll say there’s no point in discussing the doomsday prophecies.&nbsp; It’s already happened in Vega, Texas.&nbsp; He can give you details.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 05:00:01 +0000 Cindee Talley 34199 at http://hppr.org Down to the last drop: The Texas Panhandle water crisis Western Kansas voters say no to water conservation program http://hppr.org/post/western-kansas-voters-say-no-water-conservation-program <p></p><p>Water rights holders in Western Kansas counties recently rejected a plan to conserve the Ogallala Aquifer.&nbsp; Groundwater Management District No. 1 board members asked its voting membership to approve a measure to that would cut irrigation use by 20 percent reported <a href="http://www.kansasagland.com/news/stateagnews/groundwater-conservation-effort-in-western-kan-is-voted-down/article_b7f47e26-e190-5ce1-b5ed-3e4e9eabcf46.html">Amy Bickel for Kansas Agland</a>.</p><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 33607 at http://hppr.org Western Kansas voters say no to water conservation program Haskell County family tests Kansas water law http://hppr.org/post/haskell-county-family-tests-kansas-water-law <p></p><p>With the depletion of the Ogallala aquifer looming, a Haskell County family is testing Kansas water rights law.&nbsp; First in time, first in right gives senior water rights priority over junior rights.&nbsp; If the senior right is impaired, the owner of the junior right could be ordered to reduce irrigation from their well or even be shut down completely water <a href="http://kansasagland.com/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=9576:a-case-for-water&amp;catid=35:state-ag-news&amp;Itemid=84">reported Amy Bickel for Kansas Agland</a>.</p><p> Wed, 14 May 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 31775 at http://hppr.org Haskell County family tests Kansas water law Water Basics 101 http://hppr.org/post/water-basics-101 <p></p><p>Math helps us understand the causes of water shortages, how much water we’re wasting, as well as predict flooding.&nbsp; The big picture can be seen when you grasp how much water is falling as rain or snow, moving into rivers or aquifers, and how much is being used in cities, industry and farms. &nbsp;An explanation of the current water situation from the National Geographic can be found <a href="http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2014/03/28/to-understand-water-learn-the-math/">here</a>.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 30239 at http://hppr.org Water Basics 101 High Plains dairy producers attend Lubbock conference http://hppr.org/post/high-plains-dairy-producers-attend-lubbock-conference <p></p><p>Over 300 participants attended the High Plains Dairy Conference in Lubbock, Texas.&nbsp; Most of them were from Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado according to a <a href="http://www.agweb.com/article/high_plains_dairy_conference_updates_producers_from_five_states_NAA_University_News_Release/">University News release</a>.</p><p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 29062 at http://hppr.org High Plains dairy producers attend Lubbock conference Kansas: Greeley County hog farm expansion approved by KDHE http://hppr.org/post/kansas-greeley-county-hog-farm-expansion-approved-kdhe <p></p><p>The Kansas Department of Health and Environment approved the expansion of Seaboard Farms’ Ladder Creek hog farm according to a <a href="http://www.khi.org/news/2014/mar/11/kdhe-approves-permit-expansion-greeley-county-hog-/">recent article from the Kansas Health Institute</a>.</p><p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 29052 at http://hppr.org Kansas: Greeley County hog farm expansion approved by KDHE Ogallala Aquifer Preservation Program Wins Big Award http://hppr.org/post/ogallala-aquifer-preservation-program-wins-big-award <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Ogallala Aquifer is life to the high plains. &nbsp;The depletion of that resource moved Kansas State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service, Texas Tech University, Texas A&amp;M University, and West Texas A&amp;M University to team up and work together to preserve the vital resource </span><a href="http://www.hpj.com/archives/2014/jan14/jan6/1218OgallalaAquiferProgram1PIXsr.cfm?t=Ogallala-Aquifer-program-wins-prestigious-national-award" style="line-height: 1.5;">according to the High Plains Journal</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. &nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 06:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 26462 at http://hppr.org Ogallala Aquifer Preservation Program Wins Big Award NRCS Ogallala Aquifer Initiative: Nebraska Landowner Story http://hppr.org/post/nrcs-ogallala-aquifer-initiative-nebraska-landowner-story <p></p><p>Jerry Stevens enrolled in the Rainwater-Basin Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program, which restores and protects wetlands in fields under production by allowing center pivots to cross the rainwater basins. It's win-win. The program protects a wetland, and allows the producer to farm the circle around it.</p><p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 06:01:00 +0000 Dale Bolton 25037 at http://hppr.org NRCS Ogallala Aquifer Initiative: Nebraska Landowner Story NRCS Ogallala Aquifer Initiative: Kansas Producers Self-regulate Water Use http://hppr.org/post/nrcs-ogallala-aquifer-initiative-kansas-producers-self-regulate-water-use <p></p><p>New legislation in Kansas makes it possible for producers to work within water conservation districts to create Locally Enhanced Management Areas (LEMAs) and agree among themselves how much groundwater use they can curtail. Brad Oelke talks about the first LEMA, which began in January 2013, and how NRCS may be able to help irrigators reduce consumption.</p><p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 06:01:00 +0000 Dale Bolton 25032 at http://hppr.org NRCS Ogallala Aquifer Initiative: Kansas Producers Self-regulate Water Use NRCS Ogallala Aquifer Initiative: Conservation Planning to Reduce Water Use http://hppr.org/post/nrcs-ogallala-aquifer-initiative-conservation-planning-reduce-water-use <p></p><p>Realizing the vital importance of the Ogallala Aquifer to the High Plains, The Natural Resources Conservation Service launched the Ogallala Aquifer Initiative. Playa lakes recharge the aquifer, and because of that, NRCS provides ways, through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, for producers to rehabilitate playas in cropland. NRCS Conservationists can help landowners develop a conservation plan that meets their goals, using this and other USDA conservation programs.</p><p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 06:01:00 +0000 Dale Bolton 24177 at http://hppr.org NRCS Ogallala Aquifer Initiative: Conservation Planning to Reduce Water Use Texas: Is Groundwater a Solution to Disappearing Surface Water? http://hppr.org/post/texas-groundwater-solution-disappearing-surface-water <p></p><p>Life requires water. In Texas the surface water, owned by the state, is drying or dried up, and everyone from farmers to politicians are looking underground to make up the state’s growing water deficit according to <strong><a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2013/11/19/texas-look-beneath-surface-water-challenges/?utm_source=feedly">the Texas Tribune</a></strong>. &nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 06:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 24578 at http://hppr.org Texas: Is Groundwater a Solution to Disappearing Surface Water? KAWS Wetland Coordinator - Helping Landowners Conserve Playas http://hppr.org/post/kaws-wetland-coordinator-helping-landowners-conserve-playas <p></p><p>Duane Cheney, from the Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams, talks to landowners and operators in western Kansas about the benefits of enrolling playas in NRCS's Wetlands Reserve Program or Continuous CRP, thereby taking those "mudholes" out of production once and for all and converting them into wonderful wildlife habitat that also helps recharge the Ogallala aquifer. Doug Duell talks about his experience rehabbing a 40-acre playa on his western Kansas cropland.</p><p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Dale Bolton 23219 at http://hppr.org KAWS Wetland Coordinator - Helping Landowners Conserve Playas Playas - Nebraska Landowner Story http://hppr.org/post/playas-nebraska-landowner-story <p></p><p> Dave Hilfterty grows dryland winter wheat and irrigated corn in Perkins County, Nebraska. Dave had a challenge that was perfect for Wetlands Reserve Program assistance. Amongst his five irrigation circles there's a lagoon, which he got tired of trying to farm through.</p><p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Dale Bolton 23214 at http://hppr.org Playas - Nebraska Landowner Story NRCS Ogallala Aquifer Initiative http://hppr.org/post/nrcs-ogallala-aquifer-initiative <p></p><p>Realizing the importance of the Ogallala Aquifer to High Plains states, NRCS created the Ogallala Aquifer Initiative to attempt to reduce the quantity of water removed from the aquifer, improve water quality using conservation practices, and enhance the economic viability of croplands and rangelands in the region. This episode explains how playas fit into these goals.</p><p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 21:00:52 +0000 Dale Bolton 22981 at http://hppr.org NRCS Ogallala Aquifer Initiative What Are Playas? http://hppr.org/post/what-are-playas <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>We grew up on the High Plains thinking of those occasionally muddy pasture depressions as &quot;buffalo wallows,&quot; &quot;rainwater basins&quot; or &quot;mud holes.&quot; Turns out, scientists are learning those playas play a significant role recharging aquifers such as the Ogallala.</p><p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 05:00:01 +0000 Dale Bolton 22641 at http://hppr.org What Are Playas? Ogallala Aquifer Conservation II http://hppr.org/post/ogallala-aquifer-conservation-ii <p></p><p>A significant report published by the National Academy of Sciences stresses the need to conserve groundwater. This episode focuses on two ways that is happening: 1) the USDA promotes Ogallala Aquifer conservation with NRCS money for cost-share projects, and 2) the state of Kansas changes water-rights laws to foster a culture of conservation rather than consumption.</p><p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Dale Bolton 22224 at http://hppr.org Ogallala Aquifer Conservation II Texas Groundwater: Money Won't Fix All the Problems http://hppr.org/post/texas-groundwater-money-wont-fix-all-problems <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lawmakers pushed this session for a statewide, comprehensive water plan.&nbsp; That includes a proposition that would add $2 billion to the Texas Water Development Board’s portfolio for future water supply projects, if approved.&nbsp; At the annual meeting of the Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts, participants concluded money won’t fix many problems they face reported the </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2013/08/29/groundwater-districts-beset-increasing-water-/?utm_source=feedly" target="_blank">Texas Tribune Fri, 30 Aug 2013 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 20936 at http://hppr.org Texas Groundwater: Money Won't Fix All the Problems 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 Ogallala Aquifer Conservation: Education http://hppr.org/post/ogallala-aquifer-conservation-education <p></p><p> Art Gomez of Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams discusses his job "selling" producers and landowners on permitting 30-year or permanent easements on wetlands such as playa lakes. Darryl Birkenfeld discusses his work as director of the Ogallala Commons at Nazareth, TX. The organization's mission is education and community support. Mon, 12 Aug 2013 15:34:37 +0000 Dale Bolton 20104 at http://hppr.org Ogallala Aquifer Conservation: Education Ogallala Aquifer Conservation: Kansas Water Laws Change http://hppr.org/post/ogallala-aquifer-conservation-kansas-water-laws-change <p>Kansas' water-rights laws had encouraged consumption rather than conservation of Ogallala Aquifer groundwater used by irrigators in the western part of the state. Gov. Sam Brownback talks about his initiative to change laws in the 2012 legislative session to encourage conservation and self-regulation among ag producers. This story is part two of a four-part series on Ogallala aquifer conservation which originally aired on HPPR 01/22/13.</p><p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 15:16:52 +0000 Dale Bolton 10975 at http://hppr.org Ogallala Aquifer Conservation: Kansas Water Laws Change Ogallala Aquifer Conservation http://hppr.org/post/ogallala-aquifer-conservation <p>The USDA promotes Ogallala Aquifer conservation with NRCS money for cost-share projects, and a significant report published by the National Academy of Sciences stresses the need to conserve groundwater, and the state of Kansas changes water-rights laws to foster a culture of conservation rather than consumption.</p><p> Tue, 08 Jan 2013 23:12:26 +0000 Dale Bolton 10879 at http://hppr.org Ogallala Aquifer Conservation Recharging the Ogallala Aquifer http://hppr.org/post/recharging-ogallala-aquifer <p>We grew up on the High Plains thinking of those occasionally muddy pasture depressions as "buffalo wallows," "rainwater basins" or "mud holes." Tue, 18 Dec 2012 14:22:00 +0000 Dale Bolton 10063 at http://hppr.org Recharging the Ogallala Aquifer