Throughout the region, aquifer levels are decreasing, and many communities that depend on the High Plains (Ogallala) Aquifer are experiencing declining availability of groundwater. In Kansas, there are a number of small towns that are at risk for continuing groundwater loss. The economic vitality and resiliency of these communities are dependent on a clean, sustainable water supply; however, over the years, with the development and widespread use of irrigation, the saturated thickness of the aquifer in this area has declined significantly and the rate of withdrawal continues to exceed the rate of recharge.
A diverse group of partners are working together to expand water conservation efforts and help agricultural producers engage in voluntary conservation activities including irrigation efficiency, water conservation and playa restoration. Playas are a primary source of groundwater recharge and can be an important part of a sustainable approach to securing water for communities in western Kansas. Learn more in this video.