A BNSF Railway train crosses Doc Lake near Whitman, Nebraska, in the Nebraska Sandhills.
The Ogallala Aquifer is part of a more extensive groundwater reservoir called the High Plains Aquifer. It is the largest underground freshwater source in the world! While the High Plains Aquifer sits underneath eight states, it's under 83% of Nebraska, with the Ogallala Aquifer making up 76% of all of the groundwater in it.
The Sandhills is right on top of the most significant and accessible amount of this water. There are somewhere around 1600 natural lakes and ponds scattered throughout the Sandhills, providing approximately 80,000 surface acres of water. These lakes are usually shallow, most being no more than six feet in depth.
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August 19th, 2021
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