Aquifer feeding Plains shrinks
Longview News Journal, August 11, 2014
The chief underground water source for irrigating the agriculture-rich Texas High Plains is depleting at a pace that some fear will exhaust it far more quickly than anticipated.
Records examined by the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal show the Ogallala Aquifer has dropped about 325 billion gallons every year for at least the past four decades, meaning the 40-foot decline in the water supply amounts to about a foot each year.
But at least two Texas counties west of Lubbock – Parmer and Castro – have plunged more than double that amount – 100 feet.