A state climatologist says the world’s largest aquifer is not at risk of depletion despite prolonged drought in the Great Plains.
Nebraska’s Martha Shulski tells Brownfield there should be increased precipitation over the next decade for the the Ogallala Aquifer. “In terms of precipitation change, I see a decent amount of recharge taken place. That’s in the shorter term. It could be a different story longer term if rates of extraction of water exceed what is replenished.”
As an example, she says Nebraska has seen average precipitation increase about 10 percent and that will be supportive to crop production.