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Water Shortage / Texas Panhandle / California #251128

CBS Evening News for Friday, Mar 25, 1977
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(Studio) 3rd in series of reports on world's water shortage.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Levelland, Texas) Texas panhandle is fertile farmland because of underground water pumped to fields by wells, but water supply, called Ogallala Aquifer, is fast drying up and pumping takes much energy. [Farmer J.T. RACKLER - notes effects of fuel prices for pumps on financial situation of farmers.] Some farmers leave farms. [Farmer Jerry BIFFLE - notes incr. in farm sales and some farmers go broke.] Farmers want government to build canal from Mississippi River; idea's not new, but always said too costly before; farmers say it won't seem so when area dries out and crops not produced here any more.
REPORTER: Eric Engberg

(Studio) Ideas of San Francisco area waterworks employees for coping with drought noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Engberg, Eric

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