Groundwater Crisis

March 15, 2014

Bee Special Report: Continuing to pump, San Joaquin Valley irrigation districts selling surplus

Northern San Joaquin Valley irrigation districts have sold nearly $140 million worth of water to out-of-district agencies during the last decade. At the same time, they’ve pump nearly 1.5 million acre feet of groundwater – that’s 487 billion gallons – from the region’s aquifers.

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