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Tag: California drought

  • Friday, August 21st 2015 - 06:17 UTC

    California sinking as pumping groundwater continues in response to historic drought, says NASA

    “Because of increased pumping, groundwater levels are reaching record lows -- up to 30 meters lower than previous records,” said Mark Cowin.

    California's Department of Water Resources released a new NASA report showing land in the San Joaquin Valley is sinking faster than ever before, nearly 5 centimeters per month in some locations, as Californians continue pumping groundwater in response to a historic drought.

  • Saturday, June 13th 2015 - 07:27 UTC

    California orders the largest water cuts on record to help ease shortages

    The state has already ordered cuts in water use by cities and towns and by many other farmers.

    The state of California has ordered some of the largest water cuts on record to help ease shortages during the current drought. The move affects more than 100 senior water rights holders in the state's Delta, San Joaquin and Sacramento regions, including water districts that serve thousands of farmers and others.

  • Friday, April 3rd 2015 - 07:56 UTC

    Multi-year drought forces California to impose mandatory water restrictions

     “We're standing on dry ground and we should be standing on 1.5 meters of snow” Brown said at a state snow monitoring station in the Sierra Nevada

    California Governor Jerry Brown, acting in the face of a devastating multiyear drought, ordered the first statewide mandatory water restrictions this week, directing cities and communities to reduce usage by 25%.

  • Saturday, May 24th 2014 - 00:37 UTC

    The California shale bubble just burst

    Santa Cruz county and Los Angeles banned fracking

    The great hype surrounding the advent of a shale gas bonanza in California may turn out to be just that: hype. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) – the statistical arm of the Department of Energy – has downgraded its estimate of the total amount of recoverable oil in the Monterey Shale by a whopping 96%. Its previous estimate pegged the recoverable resource in California’s shale formation at 13.7 billion barrels but it now only thinks that there are 600 million barrels available.