Aquifers

June 23, 2014--California’s thirst is moving mountains (Postmedia)

California may be in the midst of a severe drought, but plump, juicy strawberries and raspberries continue to roll north by the truckload. And they are still affordable despite predictions of price shocks for Canadian consumers who gobble up California fruits, veggies and nuts worth close to $2.4 billion a year.


December 5, 2013--Report: Society's water safety net is fraying (Circle of Blue)

It is no exaggeration to claim that aquifers, water-saturated layers of subterranean sediment, have allowed agriculture, and thus modern life in our house of 7 billion, to prosper. America's Great Plains are a lucrative grain bin solely because of the Ogallala Aquifer, which waters eight states.


December 4, 2013--California sinking caused by groundwater withdrawal (Water Online)

A California region is sinking quickly due to the amount of groundwater getting pumped out of the area. Extensive pumping from San Joaquin Valley aquifers "is increasing the rate of land subsidence, or sinking," according to a recent report by the U.S.


August 27, 2013--Kan. crops face water questions as aquifer levels fall (USA Today)

What's the matter with Kansas? The farm state is running out of water over the long term, reports a water study released Monday, which found its aquifer could be 70% depleted by 2060.


July 22, 2013--A new report says we're draining our aquifers faster than ever (High Country News)

Several months ago, the Arizona Geological Survey's phones started ringing, but the calls weren't from energy and mining companies. Instead, real estate agents, spurred by the resurgence of the Phoenix-area market, wanted to know whether the land their clients were thinking of buying might be riddled with cracks or weak spots that could damage a building, or worse.


June 9, 2013--Experts urge focus on aquifers in push for water from Mexico (New York Times)

As Texas lawmakers say farmers in the Rio Grande Valley are hurting because Mexico is not honoring a treaty on surface water delivery, experts caution that greater attention should be paid to water deep below the surface.


June 7, 2013--Farm subsidies leading to more water use (New York Times)

Millions of dollars in farm subsidies for irrigation equipment aimed at water conservation have led to more water use, not less, threatening vulnerable aquifers and streams.


May 20, 2013--Wells dry, fertile plains turn to dust (New York Times)

Forty-nine years ago, Ashley Yost’s grandfather sank a well deep into a half-mile square of rich Kansas farmland. He struck an artery of water so prodigious that he could pump 1,600 gallons to the surface every minute. Last year, Mr. Yost was coaxing just 300 gallons from the earth, and pumping up sand in order to do it.


January 30, 2013--A one-stop shop for water worries (New York Times)

Water, or the lack thereof, is one of the defining challenges of the 21st century. As temperatures rise and droughts become more frequent, the threat of dwindling water resources worries not just environmentalists and governments but companies and their investors, too. Nearly every industrial sector, from food and beverages to mining to pharmaceuticals, depends on water for its operations.


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