The Santa Cruz Mid-County Groundwater Agency has taken a major step to ensure sustainable management of groundwater, the primary source of water for the entire mid-county region. Thursday at a meeting at the Simpkins Family Swim Center, the agency released results of a yearlong hydrological airborne investigation assessing the condition of underground water resources.
Beijing’s 21 million residents are running out of water sources. Heavy reliance on groundwater is depleting aquifers and causing land subsidence. An ambitious South-to-North water diversion project likely won’t provide enough water for Beijing long-term.
Sonoma County is launching a public outreach campaign this week to gather input on its nascent groundwater regulatory system that could eventually levy new costs on thousands of residents throughout the region.
California is well behind the curve on groundwater regulation. With a few exceptions, groundwater extraction has never been regulated in the state or even monitored with any precision. However, a 2014 law, the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), at last will require groundwater basins in the state to reverse longstanding overdraft problems.
Not if, but when. That’s the future of water desalination plants in Arizona, according to the head of the state’s water department. They are controversial and expensive, but Arizona’s current leadership views desalinated water – or “desal” – as key to the state’s long-term water plans. Arizona sits atop an estimated 600 million acre-feet of brackish water.
Major parts of San Francisco Bay’s shoreline are slowly sinking, a new scientific study has found, dramatically increasing the risk of billions of dollars of flooding in the coming decades as sea level rise continues due to climate change.
The proposed South System Groundwater Improvement Project, an $18.75 million plan that would have pumped pressurized surface water from the Mokelumne River along seven miles of new pipeline to Bear Creek and Pixley Slough, allowing farmers to irrigate their crops with surface water instead of depleting groundwater, according to NSJWCD [North San Joaquin Water Conservation District] President Joe Valente.
Five years ago, a band of farmers in northwest Kansas decided that pumping prodigious volumes of water from the Ogallala Aquifer was a path to ruin. The vast Ogallala, an underground reserve stretching from South Dakota to Texas, was shrinking.
California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) requires communities with ongoing groundwater deficits to bring their aquifers into balance in the coming years. … We talked to Eric Averett of the Rosedale–Rio Bravo Water Storage District about groundwater management innovations being tried in his Kern County district and lessons learned that might have wider application.
Conjunctive use is the practice of using surface water in conjunction with ground water to meet water demands. South Sutter Water District was formed to provide surface water for irrigation to help meet the increasing demand on ground water to irrigate crops in South Sutter County.
El Monte celebrated the opening of a new water treatment plant expected to create drinkable water from polluted groundwater in the San Gabriel Basin. The plant has the capacity to treat 750 gallons per minute, which adds up to more than 394 million gallons of water treated per year, according to a city report.
In this episode of Deeply Talks, Tara Lohan, Water Deeply’s managing editor, speaks with Philip Bachand, a water engineer and founder of the environmental engineering firm, Bachand & Associates; Daniel Mountjoy, the director of resource stewardship at Sustainable Conservation; and Don Cameron, vice president and general manager of Terranova Ranch, about recharging groundwater and the crucial role that farms can play in this important effort.
Of the record 78,496 acre-feet of State Water Project water from Northern California, about 70 percent was used to recharge the San Bernardino Basin, which, in fall 2016, was at its lowest level in history, said Bob Tincher, deputy general manager for resources at the San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District, the region’s water wholesaler.
With a historically wet 2017 in the Sacramento River Hydrologic region, there was great anticipation of the results from the spring 2017 groundwater level monitoring conducted by the Department of Water Resources. In Butte County, spring groundwater levels (measured in March) showed an overall average 4.7 foot increase compared to their spring 2016 levels in 46 comparable wells (100-450 ft. depth).
On Feb. 26, the farmers will make a pivotal decision: whether or not to tax themselves about $14 million over 30 years to build a new delivery system. Thursday, the League of Women Voters, the North San Joaquin Water Conservation District and county officials will host a public meeting to explain all of this at 6 p.m. at Jackson Hall, on the Lodi Grape Festival grounds.
While a toxic plume spreading through groundwater has forced the shuttering of some wells in South Lake Tahoe, customers do not need to worry if their water is safe to drink, according to local water providers.
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today [Feb. 6] announced $85.8 million in grants for groundwater sustainability projects that directly benefit severely disadvantaged communities, and for local agency development of Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs). These funds support the goals of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), requiring local agencies to sustainably manage the state’s groundwater basins.
Governor Brown’s proposed budget―the last of his tenure―highlights his priorities for the state. For water, the proposal includes new funding to address some pressing public safety and environmental health issues, including improving drinking water quality in low-income communities, flood protection, groundwater management, and air and water quality at the Salton Sea.