Most Colorado cities and farms get water from snow melt in the Rockies. Not in Northeastern Colorado. This food producing powerhouse depends on an ancient, underground reservoir called the Ogallala. Ever since the Ice Ages, the Ogallala’s been slowly accumulating water. But modern farmers pump so much, that this “timeless” aquifer is starting to run out. Someday up ahead, Northeast Colorado may have to curtail some crops, and some farm towns might be ghost towns. Shelley Schlender reports as part of our yearlong series Connecting the Drops, in collaboration with the Colorado Foundation for Water Education.
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