Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 3:47 pm
A drought now in its third year in parts of western Kansas is taxing a resource that has been under pressure for decades: the High Plains Aquifer.
The aquifer is enormous, but it’s running low in places, forcing a move to dryland farming — that is, farming without the aid of irrigation.
And farmers aren’t the only ones affected.
From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Frank Morris of Harvest Public Media reports.