As Groundwater Dwindles, Powerful Players Block Change

Posted on AllSides November 24th, 2023
From The Left
Kim Raff, Matthew Hamon and David Robert Elliott for The New York Times

From a small brick building in Garden City, Kan., 13 men manage the use of groundwater across five million acres in the southwest corner of the state, some of the most productive farmland in America for corn, wheat and sorghum.

They serve on the board of Groundwater Management District 3, which since 1996 has overseen the pumping of 16.2 trillion gallons of groundwater — enough to fill Lake Mead, the country’s largest reservoir, twice over.

The board is elected, but not by everyone: The only people eligible to vote are...

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