National Geographic

VOICES Voices Icon Ideas and Insight From Explorers

Menu

Tag archives for ogallala

Ken Burns Warns of New Dust Bowl

Award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns is back with a new meditation on our recent past, this time taking a close look at the devastation in the Heartland in the 1930s during the Dust Bowl. His new film, The Dust Bowl, airs on PBS November 18 and 19 at 8 ET. Burns spoke with NG’s Jeff Hertrick…

That Sinking Feeling About Groundwater in Texas

In case we need another example of the disturbing ramifications of extreme drought for our future water security, we can look to recent news out of northwest Texas. The High Plains Water District, based in Lubbock, recently reported that the 2011-12 drought drove groundwater levels in its sixteen-county service area to drop an average of…

Texas Water District Acts to Slow Depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer

A group of farmers in northwest Texas began 2012 under circumstances their forbearers could scarcely imagine: they faced a limit on the amount of groundwater they could pump from their own wells on their own property. The new rule issued by the High Plains Underground Water Conservation District, based in Lubbock, declares that water pumped…

Keystone XL, Clean Water and Democracy

Bravo for Nebraskans. In today’s economy, job creation trumps just about everything.  But for Nebraskans, at least one thing ranks higher – and that’s protecting their precious water sources.  They know, as we all should, that ample clean water is crucial for economic vitality now and for generations to come. Nebraska’s citizens and representatives rose…