Enviros destroying California groundwater

“New data from satellites show the vast underground pools feeding faucets and irrigation hoses across California are running low, a worrisome trend federal scientists largely attribute to aggressive agricultural pumping.

The measurements show the amount of water lost in the two main Central Valley river basins within the past six years could almost fill the nation’s largest reservoir, Lake Mead in Nevada.

“All that water has been sucked from these river basins. It’s gone. It’s left the building,” said Jay Famiglietti, an earth science professor at the University of California, Irvine, who led the research collaboration. “The data is telling us that this rate of pumping is not sustainable.”

Hundreds of farmers have been drilling wells to irrigate their crops, as … environmental restrictions on water supplies [from the delta] have withered crops, jobs and profits throughout the San Joaquin Valley, where roughly half of the nation’s fruits, nuts and vegetables are grown.” “Satellites Eye Dwindling Water in Central California

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