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Ogallala aquifer is key to prevent extinction



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Ogallala aquifer is key to prevent extinction


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(Sandra Zellmer is a Law prof and co-director of the Water Resources Research Initiative at the University of Nebraska, Book Review: Boom and Bust on the Great Plains: Déjà vu All Over Again, April 2008, 41 Creighton L. Rev. 385, p. Lexis)//BB



CONCLUSION "Water is life ... . Each drop is a benediction." 226 Reforms - especially agricultural reforms - are hard to come by. According to Jim Lyons, a former U.S. Agriculture Under Secretary, "the big commodity groups have a stranglehold on policy. And there's not a lot of stomach for new ideas." 227 William Ashworth points out, however, that the depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer is an impending crisis that we ignore at our own peril. 228 Given that the aquifer produces around twenty percent of the U.S. harvest, the ripple effects of its demise could be cataclysmic, nationally and even internationally. 229




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