Report: depleting Ogallala Aquifer could be poisoning birds

Report: depleting Ogallala Aquifer could be poisoning birds

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Credit: National Park Service Credit: National Park Service
LUBBOCK, Texas -

Texas Tech Researches suggest declining water levels in the Ogallala Aquifer could be poisoning some migratory birds. 

Professor Warren Conway and graduate student Kristen Heath are studying the travel patterns of the snowy plover, a bird that passes through the South Plains and Eastern New Mexico. 

Their research shows these birds have too much arsenic and selenium in their blood and indicated the depletion of the aquifer is leading to more of those minerals in region's lakes. 

The researchers believe if we do not take the necessary measures to rest the Ogallala and let it replenish, this could affect other wildlife as well. 

The U.S. Geological survey reports the aquifer's declined more than 10 million acre ft. between just 2013 and 2015. Conway's research indicates 90 percent of the birds he is studying have similarly high levels of arsenic and selenium in their blood. 

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