The Ogallala Aquifer, also known as the High Plains Aquifer, is a vast yet shallow underground water table aquifer located beneath the Great Plains in the United States. It is one of the world's largest aquifers and covers an area in portions of eight states, which include Colorado, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas.
Much of the High Plains region relies on the Ogallala for water but the water in the Ogallala Aquifer is diminishing because of widespread irrigation use in the High Plains states. In Colorado, water quantity and quality has been a high priority resource concern under EQIP. The additional funding will allow opportunity for agriculture producers to address these concerns.
NRCS accepts applications on an ongoing basis. There will be two application periods in 2013. The first application period ended February 15, 2013. The second application period will end April 19, 2013. Interested applicants should contact the local NRCS Field Office for assistance on completing the program application and associated conservation plan development.