Kenneth E. Krause: Stanislaus County must stop permitting new wells

01/21/2014 5:20 PM

01/21/2014 5:21 PM

The State of California is in the midst of its worst drought ever recorded. Gov. Jerry Brown has requested that residents reduce water use by 20 percent. With this said, why hasn’t our Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors followed suit?

Many large landowners are in the process of working their ground to plant almond trees. These trees will require large amounts of water, which will come from huge wells drilled into our existing aquifer (tapping groundwater). These wells are capable of pumping 600 gallons per minute or more. Our county supervisors must place a moratorium on this use of groundwater and these types of groundwater wells due to the drought and the continued lowering of our aquifer.



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