Will Groundwater Sustainability Plans End the Problem of Dry Drinking Water Wells?

Will Groundwater Sustainability Plans End the Problem of Dry Drinking Water Wells?

In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, work continues on managing groundwater for long-term sustainability, as required by California’s landmark Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). In January, water users in 21 critically overdrafted basins delivered their groundwater sustainability plans to the state Department of Water Resources. In this series, we examine the 36 plans submitted for 11 critically overdrafted basins in the San Joaquin Valley—California’s largest farming region, where excess … [more…]

Farmers Hijack Community Water Access Despite Groundwater Act, Activists Say | KCET

When a fire started on the property next door to Ray Cano’s home, the neighbors used Cano’s hose and well to fight the flames. Running the pump at full throttle, they managed to control the blaze until the fire department arrived. Then, the well’s pump sputtered to a stop.

Cano later called a well inspector, who did some basic probing and discovered the problem: The well had run dry, causing … [more…]

California’s Key Step Toward Sustainable Groundwater Management

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Critically overdrafted groundwater basins are required to submit groundwater sustainability plans to the state by January 31, 2020 that outline how the basins will reach sustainability over the next 20 years

Local agencies representing 19 of the state’s most stressed groundwater basins are required to submit plans to the state by midnight tonight on how they will manage their basins to … [more…]

Idaho on pace to set aquifer recharge record during 2017-18 season

Idaho on pace to set aquifer recharge record during 2017-18 season

Storage water is recharged this fall into New Sweden Irrigation District’s reservoir. Through the first part of December, the Idaho Department of Water Resources is on pace to recharge a record amount of water into the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer in Southern Idaho.

BOISE — The Idaho Water Resource Board recharged a record amount of water into the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer during the 2016–2017 recharge season and is on

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Idaho on pace to set aquifer recharge record during 2017–18 season

Idaho on pace to set aquifer recharge record during 2017-18 season

Photo: Storage water is recharged this fall into New Sweden Irrigation District’s reservoir. Through the first part of December, the Idaho Department of Water Resources is on pace to recharge a record amount of water into the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer in Southern Idaho. COURTESY IDAHO DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES

The Idaho Water Resource Board recharged a record amount of water into the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer during the 2016–2017 … [more…]