Did you know the Ogallala Aquifer is the largest source of fresh groundwater in North America? Or that two U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)-funded projects with almost 100 researchers are working to ensure that Ogallala water is used in the best way possible?
The Texas Water Resources Institute recently published the Fall 2018 issue of its magazine, txH2O, highlighting the range of research and outreach activities across the Ogallala Aquifer region.
Staff writers interviewed researchers from the Ogallala Water Coordinated Agricultural Project and the Ogallala Aquifer Program, two large research efforts supported by USDA. Articles examine 21st century irrigation tools, 40 years of low pressure center pivot irrigation and how researchers and outreach specialists are helping farmers conserve water with field day events.
Profiles of two researchers from the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Amarillo, Dr. Jourdan Bell, regional research and extension agronomist, and Thomas Marek, senior research engineer, gives you insight into their work at the center. Other articles detail how producers in parts of the Ogallala Aquifer region are transitioning from irrigated crops to diversified systems as well as an overview of key take-aways from the Ogallala Aquifer Summit, a meeting of more than 200 water management professionals from all eight Ogallala region states.