08 Jun '15, 2pm

California is sinking as farmers dig deeper for water

Estimates from 2012 showed that, at that time, land in the San Joaquin Valley was sinking at a rate of one foot per year , and that rate has not slowed. Despite very recent promises to cut water usage , California’s farmers are mostly to blame for depleting the aquifers, although those underground stores of water are also used for public works. Drilling into aquifers to utilize groundwater for food production isn’t a new thing. For a long time, though, it wasn’t all that necessary. Until 2014, groundwater access wasn’t even regulated in California, which only became a problem when drought conditions worsened to the point that farmers became desperate for the water trapped deep within the aquifers.

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