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Look into critical issues connected to water

To the editor:

I would like to thank Mr. Berger, representative for Denco II, LLC, for responding to my March 9 letter to the editor regarding the negative effects of ethanol production on ground water resources. Even though Mr. Berger and I do not share the same viewpoint, my hope is that our letters will spur more people to look into the critical issues connected to the supply of surface and ground water.

I spent considerable time studying articles with subject matter directly or indirectly related to the production of ethanol. The following are just a few of the Internet entries that I typed into the subject box: ethanol production vs. ground water depletion; farmland use of fertilizer 1950 to the present; ground water pollution from fertilizer runoff; farmland irrigation use 1950 to the present; the Star Tribune article in the August 2, 2013 edition titled “State wetlands, losing out to farms;” The New York Times article in the May 19 edition titled “High plains aquifer dwindles, hurting farmers;” ground water lawsuits between the states of Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado; farmland lost to urban sprawl; ground water depletion and pollution southern Texas; depletion of the Ogallala aquifer; Bonanza Valley groundwater study.

The issue of ethanol production vs. surface and ground water usage is just one issue connected to the large and complex subject of surface and ground water use. There are numerous individuals and organizations that have a wealth of information regarding the subject of ground water. Read, study, communicate and become informed.