High Plains Aquifer http://kcur.org en As Aquifer Dwindles, Rural Kan. Wells Run Dry http://kcur.org/post/aquifer-dwindles-rural-kan-wells-run-dry <p>The drought, now in its third year in parts of western Kansas is taxing a resource that has been under pressure for decades: the High Plains Aquifer system.</p><p>The aquifer is enormous, but it’s running low in places, forcing a move to dry land farming, and farmers aren’t the only ones effected.</p><p>The drought has been burning up crops, lawns and trees for three years now. But there are places where you wouldn’t even know it’s dry, like at&nbsp;the Garden City Big Pool, in Garden City, Kan.</p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 12:37:14 +0000 Frank Morris 41051 at http://kcur.org As Aquifer Dwindles, Rural Kan. Wells Run Dry Kan. Farmers Struggle As Ogallala Aquifer Dwindles http://kcur.org/post/kan-farmers-struggle-ogallala-aquifer-dwindles <p>Imagine enough water to fill a couple of great lakes, but spread under some of the driest parts of eight western states. That was the High Plains Aquifer 60 years ago, before new pumping and irrigation systems made it easy for farmers to extract billions of gallons from it, and use it to grow lucrative crops on the arid land.</p><p>An agricultural gold rush of sorts followed, transforming the regional economy. But now parts of the aquifer are playing out, leaving parts of the high plains high and dry.</p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 12:46:21 +0000 Frank Morris 40922 at http://kcur.org Kan. Farmers Struggle As Ogallala Aquifer Dwindles