A seven-year drought and years of overuse are exhausting Nebraskaís water resources. Nebraska produces nearly half of the nation’s corn crop and since it takes 22 gallons of water to produce one ear of corn, lakes and rivers are running dry. Though aquifers have become dramatically depleted, and neighbor is suing neighbor over surface rights, the state continues to issue well-drilling permits at exceedingly high rates, as if there were no problem at all. The storms of the future here will focus on water-both the rights to it and how little there is to go around.

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