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.
Ogallala Aquifer Initiative Information
** FY 2015 Program Information is Currently Being Developed. **