“Drought, Heat, and Water Use Made 2011 a Year for the Record Books” presents data on groundwater changes over the past one, five, and 10 years in a 16-county, northwestern Texas portion of the Ogallala Aquifer, a groundwater-bearing formation that provides water to several Midwestern and Great Plains states. The article includes graphs showing an estimated 11-percent decrease between 2003 and 2011 in the total volume of Ogallala groundwater in this part of Texas, and an estimated 17-percent decrease over that period in the “economically accessible” groundwater in the area. (The assessments of total and economically accessible groundwater are based on certain assumptions identified in the article). The article is in the July 2012 issue of The Cross Section, from the High Plains Underground Water Conservation District No. 1 of Lubbock, Texas; available online at http://www.hpwd.com, or contact the District at 2930 Avenue Q, Lubbock, Tex. 79411-2499; phone (806) 762-0181; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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