When groundwater runs out, it’s gone for good

The wet spring is helping alleviate the drought in parts of Kansas. But as a recent New York Times article noted, lack of water is still a major problem for western Kansas farmers who depend on irrigation. “In west-central Kansas, up to a fifth of the irrigated farmland along a 100-mile swath of the aquifer has already gone dry,” the Times reported. “In many other places, there no longer is enough water to supply farmers’ peak needs during Kansas’ scorching summers. And when the groundwater runs out, it is gone for good. Refilling the aquifer would require hundreds, if not thousands, of years of rains.”