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Sustainability of aquifers supporting irrigated agriculture: a case study of the High Plains aquifer in Kansas
- Butler, James J., Whittemore, Donald O., Wilson, B. Brownie, Bohling, Geoffrey C.
- Water international 2018 v.43 no.6 pp. 815-828
- aquifers, case studies, irrigated farming, irrigation, Kansas
- The only means of moderating alarming depletion rates in many of the world’s major aquifers is to reduce pumping. We apply a new water-balance approach to assess the impact of pumping reductions in a portion of the High Plains aquifer in the United States. Although projected aquifer responses to pumping reductions vary, practically achievable reductions would have a large impact throughout the area. These findings demonstrate that modest pumping reductions could greatly enhance prospects for groundwater-supported irrigation in the High Plains aquifer and similar aquifers elsewhere.