“In a three-month investigation of water levels throughout the
Coachella Valley, The Desert Sun found that the average depth
of 70 existing wells across the valley in 1970 was 104.4 feet.
As of this year, the average depth of 291 wells in the valley
had dropped to 159.3 feet. …
“The newspaper obtained depth measurement records for 346 wells
from the Coachella Valley Water District and the Desert Water
Agency after the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians sued
the agencies in federal court.
“Communities in the east Coachella Valley face high, unhealthy
levels of air and water pollution, especially when compared with
the western part of the region, according to a first-of-its-kind
report from UC Davis that local activists say validates what they
have been saying for years.