As drought patterns continue through most of the country, particularly impacting the Great Plains and Southwest, aquifers have suffered a noticeable decline in water levels. The Ogallala Aquifer, which provides drinking water for a large portion of the Great Plains, isn’t the only aquifer suffering.
In south-central Texas, the Edwards Aquifer has been cut by more than a third. Covering an area about 160 miles long from east to west and 80 miles from north to south, the aquifer supports the water needs of nearly 2 million people. The water level at a key indicator well reached the Stage 3 drought level in June, resulting in a 35% reduction in withdrawals.
And long-range forecasts don’t offer much optimism for an improvement in water levels. Drought is expected to continue for all but far-western Texas this winter.
Read more on drought conditions impacting Texas producers here.
California Flooding Devastates Hundreds of Strawberry FarmsMarch 17, 2023
Access to Mexican Corn Market Critical for Success of U.S. GrowersMarch 17, 2023
Mystery Proposal Submitted in Kansas for $257 Million Beef Processing FacilityMarch 17, 2023
Vilsack Advocates for Struggling Farmers in 2023 Farm Bill, Lawmakers Focus on Safety NetMarch 20, 2023
Wisconsin Battles Milk Hauling RegulationMarch 20, 2023