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Colorado State University receives grant to study Ogallala Aquifer

Colorado State University will take a leading role as part of a USDA-NIFA funded university consortium to address agricultural sustainability on the Ogallala Aquifer.

The consortium, comprised of CSU and seven other universities as well as USDA-ARS, has been awarded a USDA Water for Agriculture Challenge Area CAP grant which will provide $10 million over four years for innovative research and extension activities to address water challenges in the Ogallala Aquifer region.

The Ogallala, along with many of the world's aquifers, is declining on a path many consider to be unsustainable. The Ogallala Aquifer region currently accounts for 30 percent of total crop and animal production in the U.S. and more than 90 percent of the water pumped from the Ogallala Aquifer is used for irrigated agriculture.

A comprehensive approach will include management strategies to improve use of the right water at the right time and in the right place across the Ogallala Aquifer. The CSU-led team will use the climatic and hydrologic gradients in the aquifer as a research platform to identify best management practices and corresponding policy frameworks to support optimal use of green and blue water sources today and under future climate scenarios.

—Colorado State University