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It's party time on a hot summer day. River tanking in plastic livestock-watering containers is a popular tourist draw along the shallow Calamus River in central Nebraska. With two-thirds of the Ogallala’s water underlying it, the state’s wealth of groundwater feeds countless springs, streams, and rivers.
There is so much fossil water available in NE that a couple of cowboys figured out how to float the river in cow tanks. Now ranchers use tourism to supplement ranch income in hard times and as many as 350 tourists float the river on one day. The Calamus is spring fed from the Ogallala aquifer.
- RANDY OLSON
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- Ogallala Aquifer_National Geographic Magazine 8/2016