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More on the High Planes/Ogallala aquifer

Here’s more on the High Planes/Ogallala aquifer from Paradeep, one of the regular contributors to the blog.

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Ogallala Aquifer still emptying

The Ogallala Aquifer is still emptying, according to a piece in Red Orbit, which is long, thorough and cites a number of different sources. What is it and why am I bothered? If you’ve been paying attention since I started this about two years ago you’ll have noticed that I’m very interested in water and […]

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Ethanol puts pressure on Minasota’s water reserves

Ethanol puts enough pressure on Minnesota’s water reserves for the state to ask the Environmental Quality Board to look at the demands that planned ethanol plants could put on water in the state, according to the Associated Press. Hattip to the Worthington Daily Globe

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Water Implications of biofuels production

The US National Academy of Sciences has produced a study Water Implications of biofuels production. The key points are: Water is an increasingly precious resource used for many purposes including drinkingand other municipal uses, hydropower, cooling thermoelectric plants, manufacturing, recreation,habitat for fish and wildlife, and agriculture. The ways in which a shift to growing more […]

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The rush to ethanol could harm US water supplies

The rush to ethanol could harm water supplies in parts of the US, according to a report in Planet Ark today. The Ark says: The US ethanol rush could drain drinking water supplies in parts of the country because corn — a key source of the country’s alternative fuel — requires vast quantities of water […]

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Water and biofuels

OK, it seems to me that a lot of the talk about biofuels from renewable sources such as cattle waste, wheat, or cassava relies fundamentally on the amount of water available in the locations that are being farmed. My current worry is that

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