California Is Literally Sinking as Its Water Goes and Agriculture Industry Takes Hit

Written by on August 23, 2015 in Environment, Environmental Hazards with 2 Comments

Nick Cahill | Courthouse News Service

Drought

SACRAMENTO (CN) – Overpumping of California’s dwindling groundwater supply is causing the Central Valley to sink at a historic pace, in some places 2 inches per month, according to a NASA report released Wednesday.

Satellite and aircraft images revealed sinking basins throughout the state, including an area near the California Aqueduct that sank 8 inches in four months last year. Land in the Tulare basin near Corcoran sank 13 inches in an eight-month stretch, according to the NASA report .

Scientists and state officials warned that if the land continues to subside so rapidly, nearby roads and water infrastructure could be affected soon.

“Roads can be broken by fissures, pipelines have been exhumed and the slope of the land can be altered, changing drainage patterns,” the report states.

Faced with reduced federal and state surface water deliveries, farmers across the Golden State have been pumping groundwater at an unmatched pace.


“Because of increased pumping, groundwater levels are reaching record lows – up to 100 feet lower than previous records,” Department of Water Resources Director Mark Cowin said in a statement.

Reactions to the long drought – generally reported as 4 years long, though some climatologists say it has been going on for 16 years – have accelerated land subsidence. In some areas the land has been sinking nearly 2 inches per month.

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  1. karriesheridan@outlook.com' karrie says:

    I would be looking at the companies that bottle water.. There are no restriction on drill underground and draining the lakes dry.

  2. 637543039681377@facebook.com' JC de Ville says:

    here comes rango the movie ,into reality

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