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Ken Burns Warns of New Dust Bowl

Award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns is back with a new meditation on our recent past, this time taking a close look at the devastation in the Heartland in the 1930s during the Dust Bowl. His new film, The Dust Bowl, airs on PBS November 18 and 19 at 8 ET.

Burns spoke with NG’s Jeff Hertrick about the combination of over planting and drought that caused the epic dust storms (see video above). Burns also warned that we could see similar suffering again if we continue to over pump the precious Ogalalla aquifer in the Great Plains.

I’m actually in Texas this week visiting family, and I have seen first hand how dry much of the country is, and how important preserving groundwater has become.