Comparative Evaluation of Groundwater Management Practices of the Ogallala Aquifer
Date of Award
Undergraduate Capstone Project
Master of Applied Science
University College, Environmental Policy and Management
Environmental Policy & Mgmt
Aquifer, Groundwater, High, Irrigation, Management, Ogallala, Plains, Policy, Water
Mining of groundwater, or extracting a larger quantity of water than what is naturally returned to the aquifer through recharge, has been occurring for more than fifty years. The minimal natural recharge to the Ogallala Aquifer makes sustainable use of this resource a daunting task for states across the High Plains that rely on it to support their well-established ways of life. This task is compounded when considering the different combinations of federal, state and local governance, as well as regional economic and social frameworks that each state overlaying the aquifer experiences. This project critically examines factors contributing to groundwater management successes and failures of three states that overlay the majority (87%) of this resource: Nebraska, Kansas and Texas.
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Fronczak, David, "Comparative Evaluation of Groundwater Management Practices of the Ogallala Aquifer" (2010). University College: Environmental Policy and Management Capstones. 98.