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Less rain, less groundwater, but the High Plains Aquifer still in good shape

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Multiyear drought has reduced groundwater levels in the Great Plains, but a geologist says the world’s largest aquifer is plentiful.  

Data from the University of Nebraska shows three-quarters of the observation wells experienced significant declines from spring of 2021 through 2022.

Geologist Aaron Young tells Brownfield year-to-year variations of the Ogallala Aquifer are normal. “But over most of Nebraska, we haven’t really seen very significant declines like anything on the scale of Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma. 

Less rain, less groundwater, but the High Plains Aquifer still in good shape

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