High Plains Aquifer http://kmuw.org en Second-Largest Ground Water Decline Recorded At High Plains Aquifer http://kmuw.org/post/second-largest-ground-water-decline-recorded-high-plains-aquifer <p>Scientists who plan to measure the water levels in a western Kansas aquifer system this winter say they expect declines similar to those in recent years.</p><p>Kansas Geological Survey researchers last year found the groundwater levels in the High Plains Aquifer had dropped an average of 3.5 feet.</p><p>That's the second-largest single-year decline they had ever recorded, behind only the 4.25-foot drop measured the year prior.</p> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 15:10:14 +0000 Associated Press 28129 at http://kmuw.org Study: High Plains Aquifer Mostly Gone in 50 Years http://kmuw.org/post/study-high-plains-aquifer-mostly-gone-50-years <p>A new study forecasts that 69 percent of the water in the High Plains Aquifer in Kansas will be depleted within 50 years at current usage rates.<br><br>The paper by researchers at Kansas State University was published Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. It focuses on the Ogallala aquifer in western Kansas.<br><br>The study estimates that 30 percent of the aquifer was depleted by 2010 and an additional 39 percent is expected to disappear by 2060.<br> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 12:31:28 +0000 Associated Press 22518 at http://kmuw.org