Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

February 1995


Published in Great Plains Research 5:1 (February 1995). Copyright © 1995 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Used by permission.


Ogallala is as much about the need for achieving sustainable agriculture in America as it is about the issues surrounding the depletion of groundwater in the High Plains. In some ways, the Ogallala region simply serves as the setting for describing the problems of the energy intensive, high-tech oriented agriculture pervasive throughout much of the U.S. today. Only a portion of the Ogallala, that most impacted during the dust bowl era and extending from about Lubbock, Texas through southwestern Kansas, is treated systematically.