Monday, Sept. 26, 2016

'No apologies'

Well drilling hits record levels in the San Joaquin Valley

Arthur & Orum Well Drilling Inc. of Fresno sinks a new well at a Tulare County almond farm. DALE KASLER / Sacramento Bee


Sacramento Bee

Well water is keeping agriculture alive in Tulare County – and much of the rest of the San Joaquin Valley – through five years of California's historic drought. But two years after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill designed to limit groundwater pumping, new wells are going in faster and deeper than ever. Farmers dug about 2,500 wells in the San Joaquin Valley last year alone, the highest number on record. The new groundwater law won't kick in until 2020.


Klamath River dams could be on chopping block


Three Northern California dams and one in Oregon would eventually fall, under a proposal floated Friday to a federal agency. Facing resistance from Republican lawmakers, dam-removal proponents now hope to outflank Congress at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Advocates say removing the dams would help restore the Klamath River.


'Green water': An overlooked water resource

Christian Science Monitor

In bone-dry California we are counting the days until October when the rainy season should begin. When wells run dry in the Central Valley, fires rage in Big Sur and pine forests in the Sierra Nevada die off, you can't help but wonder where all the water has gone. But where should the water be? To answer this, it helps to know that soil hydrologists classify fresh water as either blue or green.

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