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Groundwater depletion and sustainability of irrigation in the US High Plains and Central Valley

Overview of attention for article published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, May 2012
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Title
Groundwater depletion and sustainability of irrigation in the US High Plains and Central Valley
Published in
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, May 2012
DOI 10.1073/pnas.1200311109
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Authors

B. R. Scanlon, C. C. Faunt, L. Longuevergne, R. C. Reedy, W. M. Alley, V. L. McGuire, P. B. McMahon

Abstract

Aquifer overexploitation could significantly impact crop production in the United States because 60% of irrigation relies on groundwater. Groundwater depletion in the irrigated High Plains and California Central Valley accounts for ~50% of groundwater depletion in the United States since 1900. A newly developed High Plains recharge map shows that high recharge in the northern High Plains results in sustainable pumpage, whereas lower recharge in the central and southern High Plains has resulted in focused depletion of 330 km(3) of fossil groundwater, mostly recharged during the past 13,000 y. Depletion is highly localized with about a third of depletion occurring in 4% of the High Plains land area. Extrapolation of the current depletion rate suggests that 35% of the southern High Plains will be unable to support irrigation within the next 30 y. Reducing irrigation withdrawals could extend the lifespan of the aquifer but would not result in sustainable management of this fossil groundwater. The Central Valley is a more dynamic, engineered system, with north/south diversions of surface water since the 1950s contributing to ~7× higher recharge. However, these diversions are regulated because of impacts on endangered species. A newly developed Central Valley Hydrologic Model shows that groundwater depletion since the 1960s, totaling 80 km(3), occurs mostly in the south (Tulare Basin) and primarily during droughts. Increasing water storage through artificial recharge of excess surface water in aquifers by up to 3 km(3) shows promise for coping with droughts and improving sustainability of groundwater resources in the Central Valley.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 10 2%
Canada 4 <1%
France 2 <1%
South Africa 1 <1%
Brazil 1 <1%
Australia 1 <1%
Iran, Islamic Republic of 1 <1%
Mexico 1 <1%
Uganda 1 <1%
Other 0 0%
Unknown 629 97%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 160 25%
Student > Master 127 20%
Researcher 102 16%
Student > Bachelor 50 8%
Professor 35 5%
Other 114 18%
Unknown 63 10%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Earth and Planetary Sciences 153 24%
Environmental Science 153 24%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 86 13%
Engineering 81 12%
Social Sciences 18 3%
Other 48 7%
Unknown 112 17%

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