Cuyama Valley groundwater depleted twice as fast than it naturally recharges, California

In California’s Cuyama Valley, Santa Barbara County, groundwater is the sole source for agricultural, domestic and municipal water use. However, a new water availability report from USGS warns that groundwater there is being depleted twice as fast than it naturally recharges. Aside from the obvious, this alarming rate of depletion is degrading the overall water quality, and potentially leading to the onset of land subsidence.According to the study, an estimated 2.1 million acre-feet of groundwater have been removed from storage in the Cuyama Valley aquifer system since 1949. One acre-foot is approximately 325 000 gallons or enough to cover one acre of land with one foot of water. The study found that groundwater pumping for irrigated agriculture accounts f… »

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