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Support for water conservation program runs dry

Everyone agrees that the depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer in western Kansas is a serious problem. But here’s an example of how difficult it is to conserve the water: Not a single individual or group has entered a voluntary conservation program established in April by the Legislature and Gov. Sam Brownback, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported. The program is supposed to be a central element of the Brownback administration’s push for more efficient industrial use of water. But without being forced or paid to conserve, many farmers are unwilling to significantly reduce their water usage. – Phillip Brownlee