Saturday, November 21, 2015

Groundwater, a WI concern, also being drained in in the US plains

We've been both reporting and distributing information about the supply, quality and regulatory issues surrounding groundwater in Wisconsin, but note in this report from the US Great Plains that it's a widespread US problem:
Using current trends in water usage as a guide, the researchers estimate that 3 percent of the aquifer's water was used up by 1960; 30 percent of the aquifer's water was drained by 2010; and a whopping 69 percent of the reservoir will likely be tapped by 2060. It would take an average of 500 to 1,300 years to completely refill the High Plains Aquifer, Steward added.

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