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California – Caught in a Frightening Overshoot

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 Subsidence means the land is dropping in elevation as the water underneath is permanently withdrawn.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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Is the Time Coming to Think Big?

Touch the Soil News # 129 We’ve all seen news of drought stricken third world countries. Heck, over 2 billion people today lack access to sufficient water for even personal and drinking water needs. In the U.S., pumping technology has afforded present generations the opportunity to side-step severe water shortages, for now. Hidden below the surface pumps are underground water aquifers that are dropping faster than they are recharging. California is in a fight for its life, The combination of drought and over-pumping have brought water austerity to one of the most economically developed regions in the world. And California is not alone. Ogallala Aquifer located in the central part…

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“Irrigation Subsidence” – Is This the Makings of a Hollywood Thriller?

Touch the Soil News #106  –  includes 1 info graphic and 2 videos With California providing over 50 percent of the nation’s primary fruit and vegetables, water will be directed towards fruit and veggie production at the expense of other crops. Some of the crops getting the ax include alfalfa (hay), rice, cotton, wheat and barley. American consumers will see short-term benefits from this water allocation in that increases in the price of our fresh fruits and vegetables is forecast to be modest this year. However, in California proper, there will be around 560,000 acres fallowed (not farmed) and a loss of around 19,000 jobs. See (info graphic #1) below…

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