It's gonna feel like Louisiana in about 10 years with all the people that are going to be moving north....and nobody even sees it coming apparently. Look at how much the giant aquifer has dropped:
"Predevelopment to 1980 water-level declines exceeded 25 feet in parts of Colorado and 100 feet in parts of New Mexico (fig. 74). Water-level changes were between 10 feet of rise and 10 feet of decline over about 78 percent of the aquifer in Colorado and about 62 percent of the aquifer in New Mexico."
That is STAGGERING considering how big this aquifer actually is.
"Because water-level declines in the High Plains aquifer have been large, they have substantially decreased the saturated thickness of the aquifer in some areas. As water levels decline, costs to obtain water increase as the result of the need for deeper wells, larger pumps, and larger energy expenditure to lift the water to the surface. As saturated thickness decreases, well yield also decreases, and additional wells can be required to maintain a constant rate of withdrawal. Although several factors are involved, a well capable of producing 250 gallons per minute can irrigate about 40 acres; a well capable of producing 750 gallons per minute can irrigate about 160 acres and effectively operate a center-pivot irrigation system on a quarter section of land. Potential well yields of more than 750 gallons per minute may be obtainable in parts of eastern Colorado and eastern New Mexico (fig. 79). As the cost of water increases, irrigated agriculture becomes less economical, and the future of this important agricultural area could become uncertain."