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October 2014, Issue 87: Editor’s Notes
Groundwater management: Arizona vs. California
In September, California became the last western state to pass a law to regulate groundwater pumping. This game-changing legislation is long overdue; not only does California sometimes depend on groundwater to meet half or more of its annual water demand, but the state has been under a devastating drought for several years. Because this drought has severely curtailed surface water supplies, some Central Valley basins are experiencing apocalyptic groundwater declines — over 50 feet a year.
Arizona long ago recognized the negative consequences of groundwater overdraft: reduced well yields, increased pumping costs, land subsidence, degraded water quality, and diminished stream flows. In 1980, we passed the Groundwater Management Act, hailed as the most progressive groundwater-management law in the western U.S. Read more...
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