9 sobering facts about California’s groundwater problem
Topics: Environment / The Secrets of the Drought
By Nathan Halverson / June 25, 2015

With an alarmingly dry winter and California reservoirs dropping fast, groundwater increasingly is keeping the state hydrated. It now accounts for about 60 percent of California’s water supply. But unlike its rivers, lakes and reservoirs, the state does not consider groundwater part of the public good. It does not regulate groundwater like it does surface water. Landowners can pump as much water as they want.

Even scarier than California’s shrinking reservoirs is its shrinking groundwater supply
BY Colleen Shalby  March 20, 2015 at 9:27 AM EST
[Photo by Ken James/Bloomberg/Getty]

California’s groundwater depletion could have nationwide implications.Photo by Ken James/Bloomberg/Getty
Last week a startling headline on California’s dire water supply fueled a wave of reports that the state was on borrowed time: “California has about one year of water left. Will you ration now?” read the Op-Ed that first appeared in the Los Angeles Times. Several other news outlets picked up the story.

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For the first time in California history, the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) empowers local agencies to adopt groundwater management plans that are tailored to the resources and needs of their communities. Good groundwater management will provide a buffer against drought and climate change, and contribute to reliable water supplies regardless of weather patterns. California depends on groundwater for a major portion of its annual water supply, and sustainable groundwater management is essential to a reliable and resilient water system. The California Groundwater website offers links and news from state, local and non-governmental agencies.

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