Watershed Planning Region
The Panhandle Region encompasses 9,426 square miles in northwest Oklahoma. The region is supplied by two rivers: the North Canadian (known in the Panhandle as the Beaver River) and the Cimarron.
The Panhandle Region accounts for 21% of the stateís total water demand. Surface water supplies are used to meet only about 2% of the regionís demand. Surface water has historically been only a small fraction of the supply used to meet demand. Bedrock groundwater, primarily from the Ogallala aquifer, is used to meet 91% of the demand in the region. The largest demand sector is Crop Irrigation (86%).
By 2060, this region is projected to have a total demand of 473,840 acre-feet per year (AFY), an increase of approximately 83,000 AFY (21%) from 2010.
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