Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Digging deeper

How Stanford found a gigantic underground reservoir

Salinity of deep groundwater in California: Waterquantity, quality, and protection. SCRIBD

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KPCC Pasadena

As reported yesterday, Stanford scientists have found a large reservoir of water deep below the Central Valley — to the tune of 713 trillion gallons. There's a catch, though: the water's estimated to be anywhere between 1,000 to 3,000 feet underground, which means that extracting that water could hasten the sinking of the ground – something that's already happening in the Central Valley.

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$80.5 million in state budget for Salton Sea work

KPBS San Diego

The state budget that Gov. Jerry Brown signed this week includes $80.5 million for restoration of the Salton Sea — more than California has ever allocated for the state's largest and most troubled lake. The program is estimated to cost $1.5 billion to $2.5 billion.

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Dead trees: How mortality impacts environment

Sonora Union Democrat

More than 60 million dead trees in the Sierra Nevada mean mountain forests are changing. Air and water quality, forest composition and wildlife habitat are all susceptible, but there is no consensus on how bad it might get. Everyone is watching closely for not only what the dead trees mean today, but also what it could mean over generations.

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