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Kansas and Army Corps Revive Study to Ship Water from Missouri River to Ogallala Aquifer

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In addition to reducing demand from its key aquifer, Kansas wants to study the cost of importing water to the High Plains. But will this cause conflict with neighboring states that also use the river?

Sipping from the Fountain of Prairie Life

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Reporter Brett Walton recently visited the plains states of Kansas…

Study: Cutting Ogallala Water Use Now Will Benefit Kansas Later

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Not all is gloom and doom for the famed underground water resource…

Don’t Believe the Hyperbole: Kansas' Reputation as a Backward-thinking State is (Partially) Wrong

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When it comes to water management, Circle of Blue reporter Brett Walton thinks Kansas is a beacon on the plains.
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With Locals at the Helm, Kansas Charts New Course for Groundwater Management

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As they have been doing for decades, political leaders and water managers in Kansas are upending Western water law traditions that originated before the state was even part of the Union.
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Report: USDA Says Farmers Expected to Plant More Water-efficient Crops in 2013

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Though corn acreage is forecasted to rise slightly over last year's planting, the biggest jump is predicted for sorghum, which uses less water.
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The Stream, December 12: Improving Agricultural Infrastructure

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Upgrades to the world's agricultural export infrastructure, such…
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Ken Burns’s The Dust Bowl Revives an American Tragedy

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Drought, farm follies, and pain on the Great Plains. Photo…
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Agriculture in Transition in the West Texas Plains

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As in much of the Great Plains, farmers here are adapting to…
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The Stream, October 15: After Drought, Some U.S. Farmers Give Up On Corn

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Sea level rise and increasing floods are forcing families living…
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This Is What Extreme Drought Looks Like, On a Graph

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The Arkansas River in western Kansas is flowing at less than…
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Water Shortages Trickle Down the Rio Grande

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Groundwater is a proven crutch for dry times, but how much weight…