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Sinking feeling: Ground in California
is sinking by a FOOT each year
as the deep-water layer is
siphoned up for farmers

Daily Mail [UK], by Associated Press & Alex Greig

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 7/27/2014 10:19:46 PM

A third year of drought in California has meant farmers have become increasingly dependent on ground water for their crops - and now the land is sinking beneath their feet. A USGS study found that land sinking had been measured at nearly one-foot per year in one area in the San Joaqin Valley, and that it is reducing the flow capacity of the Delta-Mendota Canal and the California Aqueduct, two key sources of water. Increased pumping of groundwater is damaging vital water infrastructure, the U.S. Geological Survey says. ´We were surprised at the amount of land being affected,´ Michelle Sneed, a

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: miceal, 7/27/2014 10:35:02 PM     (No. 9942515)

Blah, blah, blah. We live on a water planet and the technology associated with desalination has improved to the point where plants converting seawater to fresh should line the West and Gulf Coasts. Associated infrastructure to channel or store the water would be a serious and ongoing public works project. Governments at all levels should have started this project years ago. I don´t know why "they" have not begun. I´ve heard some folks say it takes too much energy to run the plants. BeeEss......

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Reply 2 - Posted by: tren9, 7/27/2014 10:38:09 PM     (No. 9942521)

If true, this is certainly cause for concern. However, we now live in a time when neither government nor scientists can be believed. They both can be relied upon to lie for money or for power.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: bdog, 7/27/2014 10:44:48 PM     (No. 9942526)

It took ten years to get a desalination plant in Carlsbad, CA. started. The enviros fought it tooth and nail.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Chas in Jax, 7/27/2014 11:02:05 PM     (No. 9942539)

In a related matter, land along the coasts is sinking because of drawing water from the aquifer below.

That is actually why dishonest people claim sea levels are rising.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: oh-heck, 7/27/2014 11:08:24 PM     (No. 9942542)

Just a suggestion here, you could reduce the water going to cities to 30% of their previous annual average and do the same for water that is allowed to flow to the sea. It seems the only people the environmentalists are willing to screw are the farmers. And yet the only water that goes back into the aquifers is the water that is used for irrigation by farmers.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: curious1, 7/27/2014 11:09:47 PM     (No. 9942544)

#1, tell ´em that´s why they make nuclear plants - to cheaply provide the power needs of desalination plants. As long as they keep the eco-wacos away from the projects.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: jed, 7/27/2014 11:36:26 PM     (No. 9942558)

But I thought we needed the farms to employ the illegals to help feed the 30 million illegals?


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Reply 8 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 7/28/2014 12:02:01 AM     (No. 9942565)

The AP and Mail writer uses Huntington Lake as an example of dropped water levels. Huntington Lake is a manmade reservoir, first built in 1912 to support the Big Creek Hydroelectric Project which was to bring cheap power to California.

With no snow or rain - drought - a damn would be expected to look pretty empty.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 7/28/2014 12:03:51 AM     (No. 9942566)

Should have said dam, but damn is what I´m feeling about now.

As for reducing ciies´ water consumption, California cities - at least those in Southern California - have been under heavy water restrictions for several years.

But we´re always glad for suggestions from those who probably live where flooding and hurricanes are prevalent.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: dudette4freedom, 7/28/2014 12:23:30 AM     (No. 9942573)

this sounds like some kind of prelude for another big govt intervention preventing farming and starving the crops, with the long range goal of creating shortages and ultimately excuse for govt control of yet more of our lives.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 7/28/2014 12:36:22 AM     (No. 9942582)

This such a blatant, bald faced, stinking lie! Geology has proven water holds nothing up! Subterranean aquifers exist between the layers of rock and sand stone. It´s really like a sponge, not a huge lake with rock floating on top of it. But, the thing that´s most shocking is, how many ignorant "modern" school graduates will believe this lie. It´s just disgusting!

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Hybernicus, 7/28/2014 1:47:17 AM     (No. 9942612)

Good point, No. 12.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: lil dotty, 7/28/2014 2:34:17 AM     (No. 9942638)

To think that dear leader might have taken all that ´green energy´ money to actually construct something useful for his hollyweird BFF is astounding The big ears need to be cleaned to allow a strong wind to pass thru and clean the space of cobwebs

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Reply 14 - Posted by: varkdriver, 7/28/2014 2:43:51 AM     (No. 9942641)

Perhaps if the enviro-nazis in Cali hadn´t diverted the rain/snowmelt water away from the Central Valley directly to the sea to preserve the stupid Delta Smelt, this wouldn´t be necessary. Victor David Hanson has written about this extensively.

As you stated, #5, the enviros won´t be happy until the only thing to eat is Soylent Green. Yum! Or maybe that great book, To Serve Man...

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Trigger2, 7/28/2014 4:55:15 AM     (No. 9942653)

Just another intended consequence of eco-terrorists for saving a precious fish. Get a clue CA - build desalination plants and tax your people some more until there is no one left to use water. Just don´t look for the rest of us to pay for it.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: robertj984, 7/28/2014 6:26:02 AM     (No. 9942703)

So, California really is falling into the ocean

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