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Excessive groundwater pumping is ... unsustainable 🔵 Aquifer groundwater must be protected! 🔵 How is *your aquifer* doing?

As Groundwater Levels Fall in the U.S., Powerful Players Block Change

The aquifer is running out of water, fast. But the (water control) board hasn’t slowed down the pumping.

In a country where the value of land often depends on access to water, powerful interests in agriculture, heavy industry and real estate draw vast amounts of water out of the ground. For generations, that water has been treated as an unlimited resource in much of the United States, freely available to anyone who owns a piece of land and can drill a well. Entire local economies have been built around the assumption that the water will never run out.

Now it is starting to run out...

America Is Using Up Its Groundwater Like There’s No Tomorrow

Unchecked overuse is draining and damaging aquifers nationwide, a data investigation by the New York Times revealed, threatening millions of people and America’s status as a food superpower

The US Midwest Aquifer and Underground the Aquifer Water Supplies Throughout the World Are Now in Danger

National Geographic / What happens to the US Midwest as the Ogallala is drained'

The world’s largest underground aquifers – a source of fresh water for hundreds of millions of people — are being depleted at alarming rates, according to new NASA satellite data that provides the most detailed picture yet of vital water reserves hidden under the Earth’s surface.

Twenty-one of the world’s 37 largest aquifers — in locations from India and China to the United States and France — have passed their sustainability tipping points, meaning more water was removed than replaced during the decade-long study period, researchers announced Tuesday. Thirteen aquifers declined at rates that put them into the most troubled category. The researchers said this indicated a long-term problem that’s likely to worsen as reliance on aquifers grows.

Scientists had long suspected that humans were taxing the world’s underground water supply, but the NASA data was the first detailed assessment to demonstrate that major aquifers were indeed struggling to keep pace with demands...

Earth Science Research from Space

"Monitoring the world's groundwater with the GRACE" satellite mission / NASA Report / June 2015


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