The Journal by KLC: Ogallala Aquifer

Number 28384
Subject Water
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State
Year 2018
Publication Date August 13, 2018
Summary This 7,000-word story by investigative reporter Karen Dillon outlines why it's so difficult for farmers, state officials and local governments to slow the depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer, a vital economic resource for western Kansas. It is based on water-use data acquired through a state open records request. The information helps illustrate the scale of aquifer's depletion and who is most responsible. The Journal is the first publication to our knowledge that has used public records to detail the 150 largest users of the aquifer's groundwater over the past 13 years. This list serves an important public interest since groundwater belongs to the people of Kansas under state law.
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Keywords The Journal by KLC, farmers, government, Ogallala Aquifer, Kansas, water, records, depletion, groundwater, law
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