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California – Caught in a Frightening Overshoot

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Touch the Soil News # 183 Overshoot is a condition in which consumption of resources “overshoots” the availability of resources. In the case of California, the overshoot relates to water consumption. Following are a few updates on the California Drought as of 9/1/2015: NASA research shows that increased groundwater pumping – what Californian’s are doing to offset the lack of snow and rain – is causing widespread land subsidence in the San Joaquin Valley. Subsidence means the land is dropping in elevation as the water underneath is permanently withdrawn. Some areas in the San Joaquin Valley are sinking two inches per month. Approximately 2,225 wells have been identified as critical…

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Dangers of Large-Scale Farming – 7,000 People Without Running Water

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Touch the Soil News # 181 The standard economic plan – for centuries – has been one of producing something to sell focusing on the financial cost and not the environmental cost. After decades of intensive farming in California’s Central Valley, a different realization has come home to roost. The area’s water was being exported in the form of food. For decades, the area has depended upon taking more water out of the ground that was being replenished in order to sustain agricultural production. The California drought just escalated the speed at which groundwater was withdrawn in excess of replenishment. The community of East Porterville in Tulare County, California is…

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