Ogallala Aquifer Initiative
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The Ogallala Aquifer lies beneath the Great Plains region of the United States, extending northward from western Texas and New Mexico to Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska, and parts of Wyoming and South Dakota. The Ogallala is the leading water bearing geologic formation of the High Plains Aquifer System. The entire aquifer system underlies approximately 225,000 square miles of the Great Plains, encompassing nearly 112 million acres in eight states. The aquifer has been the principal source of water for agricultural, municipal, and industrial development. The Ogallala Aquifer Initiative is a multistate effort designed to reduce the quantity of water removed from the aquifer and to reduce contamination of the water in the aquifer. The primary objectives of the Ogallala Aquifer Initiative are to reduce the quantity of water removed from the aquifer, increasing delivery efficiency, enhance water quality by mitigating water quality impacts from agricultural production practices, and promote recharge to the Ogallala Aquifer through playa wetland conservation. These objectives will be accomplished through implementation of improved cropping systems, and conservation practices for improved irrigation water management, crop residue and tillage management, nutrient and pesticide management, brush management, proper grazing systems and playa wetland and associated watershed restorations.
Applications will be accepted from any eligible applicant on a continuous basis. In order for an application to be considered for funding during the current fiscal year the application must be submitted by the posted deadline.
Interested participants must complete the screening tool to determine program eligibility. A completed screening tool is required for each applicant. Eligible applications will be funded on a first come first serve basis. There will be no ranking criteria.
Map of the Ogallala Aquifer Action Area in Oklahoma (PDF; 279 KB)
Ogallala Aquifer Screening Tool (PDF; 1385 KB)
Ogallala Aquifer Ranking Criteria (PDF; 16 KB)
Eligible Practices and Payments Available Through the Ogallala Aquifer Initiative
Ogallala Aquifer Payment Schedule (PDF; 85 KB)
Email: Joy Alspach
For additional information and assistance, contact your local NRCS Field Service Center.