Ogallala aquifer depletion: Economic impact on the Texas high plains

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Abstract

The impacts of the depletion of the Ogallala aquifer on the economy of the Southern High Plains of Texas were estimated by predicting future cropping patterns over a 30-year time horizon as the saturated thickness of the aquifer declines. Increased adoption of sprinkler irrigation methods, increased cotton acreage, and a shift to dryland production were the main responses found to declining water availability in the region. As the Ogallala aquifer is depleted, the region could experience a downturn in agricultural production with possible negative impacts on the regional economy assuming no other offsetting exogenous shocks to the economy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-46
Number of pages14
JournalWater Policy
Volume4
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2002

Keywords

  • Depletion
  • Dynamic programming
  • Economic impacts
  • Ogallala aquifer

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