Overexploitation - questions
Overexploitation occurs when a water resource, such as the Ogallala Aquifer, is extracted at a higher rate than is sustainable.
Read the article Governor Brownback and the Ogallala Aquifer in Kansas and consider the following questions:
Explain why the Ogallala Aquifer is considered an 'engine of economic growth'
Explain why the Ogallala Aquifer is prone to exploitation and over-consumption and why policy changes aimed toward sustainability require collective action.
Outline the policy solutions available to protect degradation of water resources in Kansas and discuss to what extent these are easier to implement than the policies designed to conserve and manage fishing stocks in Sri Lanka.