Monday, June 13, 2011
There have to be scores of major and minor transboundary aquifers in the US, assuming an aquifer underlying two or more states qualifies as such. Be advised that in the international community, a transboundary aquifer is only one that underlies two or more countries. In their listing of the 274 known transboundary aquifers of the world, the Ogallala doesn't even show up. In any case, another issue has to be the very wide range of influences caused by pumping centers likely to be present in any or all the states claiming damages. This'll become a prior appropriation impairment call on steroids I'm afraid. Oh well, it's a new day every day in groundwater - and thank you Jesse for such a diplomatic correction.