External effects of irrigators' pumping decisions, high plains aquifer

Water Resources Research
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The High Plains aquifer, which underlies about 174,000 square miles (1 square mile = 2.59 km2) in the Great Plains, is the principal source of water in one of the nation's major agricultural areas. This paper examines relationships between the scale of management areas and physical factors, resulting from the lateral movement of groundwater, that limit the ability of irrigators in the High Plains to reduce their own future pumping lifts. At the scale of individual farms, irrigators have very limited ability to “bank” water in order to obtain reduced future pumping lifts. On the other hand, at the scales typical of regional management, reductions in pumpage will result primarily in reductions in water level declines within the management area.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title External effects of irrigators' pumping decisions, high plains aquifer
Series title Water Resources Research
DOI 10.1029/WR023i007p01123
Volume 23
Issue 7
Year Published 1987
Language English
Publisher American Geophysical Union
Description 8 p.
First page 1123
Last page 1130
Country United States
Other Geospatial Great Plains
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