A massive aquifer that underlies portions of Texas and seven other states is responsible for drying streams, fish disappearing and threats to the livelihood of farmers who rely on it. Water levels in the Ogallala aquifer have been dropping for decades. The aquifer shrank twice as fast over the past six years compared with the previous 60, according to the Denver Post-published report. Also known as the High Plains Aquifer, Ogallala underlies about 175,000 square miles of Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming and South Dakota. The drawdown has become so severe that streams are drying up at a rate of 6 miles per year.

Source: Local News