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Sinking Fast

Jan 09, 2018

Agricultural demand for water has California’s Central Valley sinking fast:  “In a quiet agricultural community in Fresno County things have been sinking for a long time. California’s Central Valley subsidence problem was discovered decades ago, right around El Nido.  Now, this town is more famous for its elevation than its population because agriculture’s demand for water here has sent pumps ever deeper into the ground, causing the valley floor to sink by dozens of feet. … ”  Read more from CBS Bay Area here:  Agricultural demand for water has California’s Central Valley sinking fast

Subsidence shrinks Friant-Kern capacity by 60%:  “Subsidence along the Friant-Kern Canal is nothing new. However, a five-inch within the past year in southern Tulare County is troublesome as it caused a 60 percent reduction in deliveries to districts along the lower half of the canal system.  Canal capacity in the area is now about 1,750 cubic feet per second, down from a designed capacity of 4,000 cfs. ... ”  Read more from the Western Farm Press here:  Subsidence shrinks Friant-Kern capacity by 60%