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June 30,University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Groundwater from three main aquifers in the United States contributes to food shipped across the country and around the globe, says a new study from civil and environmental engineers at Illinois and Lehigh University. Tom Sears Thirsty cities, fields and livestock drink deeply from aquifers, natural sources of groundwater.
But a study of three of the most-tapped aquifers in the United States shows that overdrawing from these resources could lead to difficult choices affecting not only domestic food security but also international markets. University of Illinois professors of civil and environmental engineering Ximing Cai and Megan Konar, along with graduate student Landon Marston and Lehigh University professor Tara Troy, studied groundwater consumption from three main aquifer systems.
Reliance on these aquifers intensified so much from to that it accounted for 93 percent of groundwater depletion in the U. They published their findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Geological Survey identifies the Central Valley aquifer in California, the High Plains aquifer in the Great Plains states, and the Mississippi Embayment aquifer in the lower Midwest as being managed unsustainably, which means that water is being extracted from the aquifer faster than it is replenishing.
If you use it, it takes a while to recharge," Cai said. It also affects ecosystems associated with the water table, such as streams and wetlands.
For example, when water was used to irrigate a crop, the researchers tracked where those crops were shipped. But we actually use a lot of embodied water in our everyday lives — the water footprint to produce a product," Konar said.
The remaining 9 percent was exported internationally. They identified the states most heavily reliant on each aquifer, and the breakdown of what was produced using water from each aquifer.
For example, the largest percentage of water from the High Plains aquifer irrigated grains, while the largest contribution from the Central Valley aquifer in California went to producing meat.
See the infographic for the detailed findings. The researchers hope that having detailed information on how aquifer water is used, and the complex economic and environmental implications of that use, can help policy makers in their decisions about water resource management.
That's the difficulty for the decision makers," Cai said. The environment is affected, the food markets are affected, the resources for fisheries are affected. That helps the decision makers understand the issue.
I think this information is also important for the public to understand the issue. Although the international exports represented a small percent of the overall water consumption, the exported goods account for a large market share in the countries that import them, the study found.
Next, the researchers plan to study major watersheds in the U. They are interested in detailing water use under variable conditions, both in terms of economic and environmental impact.
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Although these were designed to be taught by an instructor and a water professional working together, a thoughtful educator could easily handle the lessons on their own.
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