Kansas releases draft 50-year water vision
A 2013 study conducted by Kansas State University found that under current irrigation trends, nearly 70 percent of the groundwater stored in the Ogallala Aquifer of Kansas would be depleted. The report estimated that reducing water use immediately could extend the aquifer’s usable life through the year 2110. The study’s researchers anticipate that corn and cattle production will increase in western Kansas until 2040, with peak water usage anticipated in 2025. Beyond that, the researchers say it depends on what decisions are made about the future of water use in the state.
The draft 50-year vision document is available here to review. The Water VisionTeam has until November 1, 2014, to deliver the 50-Year Vision for the Future of Kansas Water to Governor Brownback.
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