California Got Relief but the Midwest from Texas to South Dakota is Experiencing Severe to Exceptional Drought
The headline this week in Food Business News said, “Drought may leave flour prices elevated into 2024.”
The national media has been focused on the record-breaking snowpack and rainfall in California which gives many people the impression that drought has been handled and all is well (except for possible flooding as the snow melts). However, much of the rest of the West is still coping with abnormally dry conditions.
The food industry publication stated, “Two of the three largest wheat classes grown in the United States — hard red winter and hard red spring — face moisture challenges that may limit yields and production in 2023, tightening stocks and heightening the risk of above-average flour prices into 2024.” Drought may leave flour prices elevated into 2024 | Food Business News
The good news for California has not been the same for the huge agricultural states of the Midwest. The 23-year megadrought that left the US Southwest at the driest level in 1,200 years based on tree-ring data will continue to have a significant impact on food production and other economic and social elements. This has led to some hard choices facing farmers and ranchers in the Midwest. “The crop conditions we’re in have put a lot of attention on the potential of abandonment — acres that will not be harvested,” said Justin Gilpin, chief executive officer of Kansas Wheat.
Improved Planning and More Options Needed
It’s time to increase the number of options available to solve this problem. From water-smart appliances and agricultural tools at the delivery end, to utilizing the vast ocean of fresh water that exists right below our feet for additional supply.
One of the most intriguing solutions is to include the vast supplemental source of fresh water that is available right below our feet. The US National Groundwater Association estimates there is 6,000 years of global water supply in the upper two kilometers of the earth’s crust. NGWA It is now available economically and quickly through AquaterreX’s combination of space-based technology, geospatial data and patented instrumentation. We are proud to be helping solve the water crisis facing billions of people.
Deep Seated Water Should Be Added to the Mix Now
Deep Seated Water (DSW), is groundwater, typically sourced from deep aquifers that are located lower than shallow aquifers. Such deep aquifers are supplied not only from local catchment basins but also by subsurface inflows across basin boundaries. Deep Seated Water also encompasses water created at the mantle level of the Earth under extreme heat and pressure as confirmed by this report on mantle rain. Contamination does not occur in these deep water aquifers as modern pollution has not reached these deeper levels. And the best news is that this water is accessible and plentiful.
Deep Seated Water fits the environmental sustainability model as it would supply vast amounts of fresh water to regions while also allowing the existing sources to replenish. It is the “Missing Piece” that can solve the water crisis puzzle and help put farmers, ranchers, and cities at “cause” versus hoping for mother nature to bail us out with enough rain. The good news is, Deep Seated Water is a source that can supply the needs of the planet for thousands of years.
An example of huge new sources of fresh groundwater being discovered came within the last year in Texas. The newly named Maverick Basin Aquifer is known to be at least 3,000 square miles and averages 1,000 feet thick in most places. This comes years after Texas water experts concluded their deeper aquifers are brackish (salty) at best. Water tests on this new aquifer show it comes out of the ground already meeting or exceeding federal and state drinking water standards! Deep aquifer (texas.gov) These discoveries fly in the face of the commonly accepted beliefs of most hydrogeology professionals.
We Can Solve the Drought Crisis Now
AquaterreX has been at the forefront of this effort, employing 21st-century technology to locate Deep Seated Water.
Deep Seated Water – The Missing Piece
Deep Seated Water is the Missing Piece that can solve the water crisis puzzle – contamination, drought, scarcity, hydropower – for states, cities, municipalities, agriculture, and industry. Many water strategies focus on conservation, rather than additional supply. Other solutions such as desalination and wastewater treatment are potential answers for some, but they also come with trade-offs such as high cost, high energy usage, long planning periods, and toxic waste. Deep Seated Water is located almost everywhere on the planet, and it can be added to the mix of solutions as a supplemental freshwater source that is not subject to contamination, is fast and easy to implement, and is economical and scalable. And, tapping Deep Seated Water allows both surface water and shallow aquifer sources to recharge, making the total system more environmentally sustainable.
AquaterreX (www.aquaterrex.com) is a global environmental services organization with a mission to broadly implement effective water and food security solutions. AquaterreX maintains offices in Florida, California, and Australia, and has representation in the United Arab Emirates. The name AquaterreX comes from the Latin, aqua (water) and French, terre (earth, land) which is a derivative of the Latin, terra, and “X” for exploration. Thus, AquaterreX encompasses water and land solutions for the planet.
The company possesses proprietary technology to locate Deep Seated Water, which is fresh water situated below the shallow groundwater that supplies the majority of fresh water on the planet. This vast new source of water can help solve the water crisis facing billions of people.