Across the U.S., drilling of deeper wells is ‘unsustainable,’ researchers say

Source:  USA TODAY

“Groundwater pumping also can draw away water that would otherwise flow in rivers and streams. In a separate study, scientists found that groundwater pumping has caused the flow in U.S. rivers to decline by as much as half over the past century.”

Ian James  USA TODAY

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Wells supply drinking water for about 120 million Americans. In areas where groundwater levels have fallen because of heavy pumping, people have often responded by drilling deeper wells.

But exactly how much that has been occurring on a nationwide scale wasn’t clear until water experts compiled nearly 12 million well-drilling records from state and local agencies across the country. In a newly published study, researchers found that Americans in many areas from coast to coast are drilling deeper for groundwater.

The researchers said the widespread approach of drilling deeper wells is an “unsustainable stopgap” measure, putting some communities on a path toward exhausting their water supplies and coping with dry wells.

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  1. No comments? This is a scary life-ending subject! All over the world populations are unable to work the land because of a lack of water. Our public lands are just as much in danger. With water withdrawn for fossil fuel drilling etc. and the pipelines pulling water away for the use of cities like Las Vegas – the amount of water used right there for entertainment purposes alone is mind boggling, much less for agricultural use. Deeper wells? How long before there is no more?

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  2. Court Nixes Federal Approval For Cadiz Pipeline To Suck Water Out Of The Mojave To Sell
    The 43-mile pipeline was approved by the Trump administration after former Cadiz lobbyist David Bernhardt became deputy secretary of the interior.

    A federal court has ruled that an environmental review exemption by the Trump administration for a pipeline to extract water from the Mojave Desert is illegal.

    The 43-mile pipeline planned by Cadiz Inc. would cut through Mojave Trails National Monument and other public lands in Southern California to suck groundwater out of the desert aquifer and sell to cities. It would pump an estimated 16 billion gallons a year from the fragile desert ecosystem.

    Judge George Wu of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California ruled Thursday that the federal Bureau of Land Management failed to provide sufficient evidence for its 2017 decision to reverse its own 2015 decision requiring an environmental review for the pipeline.
    A full review could take at least a year and could open up Cadiz to even more litigation.

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    Mining company rejects EPA order for Superfund cleanup work
    Jul 10, 2019

    A mining company says it won’t carry out cleanup work ordered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as part of a Superfund project in southwest Colorado.

    The Durango Herald reported Wednesday that Sunnyside Gold Corp. sent the EPA a letter saying the company isn’t responsible for pollution flowing from inactive mines in the area.

    The EPA wants Sunnyside to help pay for some of the initial investigations into the Bonita Peak Superfund cleanup, citing the company’s previous mining activity there.

    The EPA says it will review Sunnyside’s letter before deciding its next step.

    The Bonita Peak Superfund project includes the Gold King Mine, source of a 2015 spill that polluted rivers in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. An EPA-led contractor inadvertently triggered the spill while excavating at the mine entrance.


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