Friday, Feb. 20, 2015


Central Valley leads nation in falling groundwater levels

Long-term Groundwater Depletion in the United States. USGS


Modesto Bee

Groundwater levels appear to be sinking faster in the Central Valley than anywhere else, the U.S. Geological Survey says in a new report. The paper does not pinpoint causes, but a USGS expert blamed, in part, increased agricultural pumping — specifically, almonds — to make up for the drought, now entering its fourth year.


Snowless winter worsens; Oregon in trouble, too

San Francisco Chronicle

California's unusually high temperatures and shortage of precipitation — especially snow — will probably continue into the spring, federal scientists said Thursday. And it isn't just California that is experiencing problems: An unusually warm winter in Oregon is creating alarm there about the lack of snowpack to fill reservoirs.


Social network for water projects makes a Splassh

Popular Science

Water safety and security is one of the biggest, and yet, least discussed issues we face in our future. That's something that Splassh would like to change. The website asks users to share, discuss and visually consume information about water.

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