This image was released on the public domain from Oklahoma State University on the declining water levels of the Ogallala Aquifer. The Ogallala Aquifer provides 66% of groundwater and 38% of total water used in Texas.
The Texas Ogallala requires 300,000 acre-feet per year to make up for normal water usage. Levels have dropped over 200 feet in some areas. To make up and replenish the aquifer, we need to run a water pipeline across the state delivering 300,000 acre-feet per year.
Drought and irrigation demands have depleted the Ogallala such that Texas' farming and ranching is in danger. Cattle industry $12.3 billion/yr, Cotton $2.6 billion/yr. 50% of water used goes to producing cattle feed.
Texas farmers and ranchers toil with a silent determination year after year. This industry is vital for Texas. We need to give Texas farmers and ranchers an advantage over all others. We need to bring them water. This will lower their risk of crop loss, which will make it easier to finance their operations, lowering their cost of capital and lower their insurance costs. They will be able to borrow money at a lower interest rate because their likelihood of crop success is higher.
Invest in Texas means invest in Texas farming and ranching and invest in Texas infrastructure. A large infrastructure project producing many jobs over the life of the build, and ensuring the survival and dominance of Texas agriculture for centuries.
The pipeline pumping stations will be powered by both renewable energy and natural gas combined cycle plants. In the event of energy shortages in the ERCOT grid, the power normally used for water pumps will be available as back up power for the grid.
Along the way, take off stations are available to Texas agriculture when the drought becomes widespread. The objective is to fill the Ogallala, and suspend filling during time of serious drought to provide surface water as necessary to save our farming and ranching.
This image showing Texas' working lands was released on the public domain by Texas A&M AgriLife showing the concentration of agricultural production in the state. The blue areas show the demand for water by cropland. The more blue, the more water that is used. The red line is a potential water pipeline route.
Move 300,000 ac-ft of water per year to central Texas and Panhandle