Technology made it possible to develop the Ogallala aquifer and turn the High Plains region into the nation’s breadbasket. William Ashworth describes this transition in Ogallala Blue, the High Plains Public Radio community read. Intense pumping, though, has caused many areas to have large groundwater declines. Can technology also provide a way to extend and conserve the aquifer into the future?
That is certainly a possibility. The state water plans for Texas, Kansas and Colorado all propose meeting future water needs, in part, by implementing technology to conserve water today.