Can you tell us where the water went?
Maybe ask Pinche to help with that. He knows.
The Ogallala sits under shortgrass prairie in a semi-arid region. It's country meant for buffalo and cattle and should have never seen the plow. But it did, and so for decades big Cummins engines have been pumping water out to irrigate the food and fiber crops. The Ogallala is not a karstic aquifer (like the Edwards) and doesn't recharge rapidly and directly with widespread rainfall. Instead, water stored in natural playa lakes on the plains slowly, slowly, slowly infiltrates the water table.
It's a very simple water-balance calculation that, as Visitor so adroitly pointed out above, has ------- to do with "climate change" or "COVID" or California or whatever other existential crisis you've decided to flail your little wrists about this week. When you pump water out of a reservoir at a faster rate than it recharges, the levels in said reservoir are going to drop.
It's not so much that the Ogllala is literally "drying up" so much as it is the water table is falling below the (current) ability of mankind to extract it in an economically feasible manner.
Rwingers are more concerned about owning them a lib by focusing on why the climate is changing rather than the fact that it is.
What a stupid thing to say.
Of course "tEh cLiMaTe iS ChAaAnGiNg(!)"
It always has.
There's a reason you can find fossilized sea shells 200 miles inland from the Texas coast.
That reason has nothing to do with mankind's insufficient fealty to the nostrums of modern dumbass Progressives Climate Change Scripture.