Thursday, June 11, 2015

The big drain

Incredibly sinking state: The lowdown on subsidence

California is sinking, and it's getting worse. CENTER FOR INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING

CIR / Reveal

KCET Los Angeles

Parts of central California are sinking like a mishandled soufflé — possibly up to 2 feet a year since 2008 — as agri-businesses pump more and more groundwater to backfill losses from a drought-stressed state water system. The groundwater drain causes the land surface to drop, putting highways, bridges, dams, flood control channels, and pipelines at risk.


State looks to Sierra tribe for drought solutions


In the Sierra Nevada above Fresno, a Native American tribe is working to thin the forest. Their approach has been used for centuries to restore meadows, and now California's severe drought means these ancient techniques are a possible long-term water-saving solution.


Senate panel votes to block Obama's water rule

The Hill

A Senate committee voted along party lines Wednesday to overturn the Obama administration's new regulation asserting control over small waterways like streams and wetlands. The bill would repeal the waters of the U.S. rule and give the EPA specific guidelines to rewrite it in a way that Republicans find more acceptable.

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