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New Approach May Help Save the Ogallala Aquifer

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Wesley Spurlock grows corn in the Texas Panhandle. He has worked with Natural Resources Conservation Service to replace some of his center pivot sprinklers with water efficient nozzling systems to help conserve water from the Ogallala Aquifer. (Flickr Photo via U.S. Department of Agriculture)
The Great Plains area has been suffering through a serious drought for several years, putting a strain on water resources, including the vast Ogallala Aquifer.
Every year, teams from the Kansas Geological Survey and other agencies take a survey to measure water levels in central and western Kansas. As Commentator Rex Buchanan tells us, the results from this year's survey are not good.

Commentator Rex Buchanan is the Interim Director of the Kansas Geological Survey at the University of Kansas and a regular contributor to Kansas Public Radio. He's also the co-author of the book "Roadside Kansas."

KPR Commentator Rex Buchanan, recording this commentary about water levels in western Kansas. Buchanan is the interim director of the Kansas Geological Survey at KU.

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