Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

OSU Joins Ogallala Research Group

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

OSU Joins Ogallala Research Group

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STILLWATER - Oklahoma State University is joining seven other universities and the U.S. Department of Agriculture for research in an attempt to save the Ogallala Aquifer.

"There is a tremendous amount of agricultural production coming out of this aquifer," said Jason Warren, associate professor in OSU's Department of Plant and Soil Sciences.

Led by Colorado State University, the consortium recently received a $10 million USDA Water for Agriculture Challenge Area CAP grant.

Spanning nearly 174,000 square miles, the Ogallala Aquifer is the primary water source for the region, including nearly all of Nebraska and sections of Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas and Wyoming. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the aquifer's overall water level dropped by 36 million acre- feet.

"Oklahoma represents a small portion of what the aquifer serves," Warren said. …

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