As Rice Farmers Turn to Groundwater, Can They Stay Afloat?

As Rice Farmers Turn to Groundwater, Can They Stay Afloat?

Facing the third straight year of cutoffs for irrigation water from the Lower Colorado River Authority, some Gulf Coast-area rice farmers are spending millions of dollars drilling wells to pump groundwater instead.

Facing the third straight year of cutoffs for irrigation water from the Lower Colorado River Authority, some Gulf Coast-area rice farmers are spending millions of dollars drilling wells to pump groundwater instead. 

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This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at http://www.texastribune.org/2014/04/23/as-rice-farmers-turn-to-groundwater-/.

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