Can We Save the Ogallala?

by Robert M. Sweazy, Dir.; Water Resources Center, Texas Tech Univ., Lubbock, Tex. 79409,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1985, Vol. 55, Issue 8, Pg. 36-39

Document Type: Feature article


The useful life of the Ogallala Aquifer, which underlies seven western states, can be extended indefinitely through water conservation in the widest sense of the term. In addition to optimization of crops, soil moisture control and irrigation management now practiced, methods are being developed for recharging stormwater to the aquifer. Research is also underway on secondary recovery techniques that will augment the quantity of stored water available for pumping.

Subject Headings: Water conservation | Aquifers | Stormwater management | Management methods | Water storage | Lifeline systems | Optimization models | Crops

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