groundwater http://kvpr.org en Report: Groundwater Management Plans Need Significant Improvement http://kvpr.org/post/report-groundwater-management-plans-need-significant-improvement <div><p>A new report finds local water agencies need to do a better job managing groundwater in California. Amy Quinton has the details from Sacramento.</p></div><p><a href="http://www.californiawaterfoundation.org/uploads/1405009350-GMPReport2014(00256304xA1C15).pdf">The California Water Foundation</a> looked at 120 groundwater management plans adopted by local water agencies. In a nutshell, the results aren’t good. Almost 30 percent were written in 2002 or earlier. Many lacked objectives and an implementation strategy.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 01:34:27 +0000 Amy Quinton - Capital Public Radio 35522 at http://kvpr.org Report: Groundwater Management Plans Need Significant Improvement In Clovis, Purple Pipes Give Recycled Water New Life http://kvpr.org/post/clovis-purple-pipes-give-recycled-water-new-life <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This is </span>Pasa<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Tiempo<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Park in Clovis.&nbsp; It’s 5 acres of green grass tucked between suburban homes and an orange grove.&nbsp; It’s a lot like any other neighborhood park:&nbsp; benches, fruit trees, and lots of space for kids.</span></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 23:39:43 +0000 Kerry Klein 35386 at http://kvpr.org In Clovis, Purple Pipes Give Recycled Water New Life California Assembly Committee Passes Groundwater Rules Bill http://kvpr.org/post/california-assembly-committee-passes-groundwater-rules-bill <p>Local California water agencies would be able to establish rules governing groundwater use for the first time under a bill that passed an Assembly committee Tuesday.&nbsp;</p><p>Backers of the bill say years of ground water over-pumping has led to wells drying up around the state and has also depleted surface water supplies. Maurice Hall is with the Nature Conservancy.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 17:45:08 +0000 Max Pringle - Capital Public Radio 34738 at http://kvpr.org California Assembly Committee Passes Groundwater Rules Bill Drought Speeds Up Race To Tap Valley's Groundwater http://kvpr.org/post/drought-speeds-race-tap-valleys-groundwater <p>Vic Bruno’s home isn’t connected to a public water system. Like most rural homeowners in Madera County, his water comes from a deep hole in the ground. &nbsp;</p><p><em>Bruno: “It’s a three-quarter inch pipe that goes all the way down three-hundred feet.”</em></p><p>Bruno has lived here for 25 years. His ranch is also home to a whole gang of farm animals. So when his well started pumping up sand, he thought of them.</p><p><em>Bruno: "I’ve got horses, sheep, pigs. These guys need water."</em></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 03:33:33 +0000 Pauline Bartolone - Capital Public Radio 34650 at http://kvpr.org Drought Speeds Up Race To Tap Valley's Groundwater The 'Deepest Straw Wins' In Central Valley Scramble For Groundwater http://kvpr.org/post/deepest-straw-wins-central-valley-scramble-groundwater <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The California drought is becoming a source of tension between homeowners and farmers in the Southern Central Valley. Farmers are seeing unprecedented reductions in their allotments to surface water. Homeowners are watching their private wells run dry. Pauline Bartolone has more about how people in the Fresno area are tapping into underground water. &nbsp;</p></div><p>The home where Ruth Griffin planned to retire looks like it’s an island in a sea of almond orchards.</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:35:00 +0000 Pauline Bartolone - Capital Public Radio 34190 at http://kvpr.org The 'Deepest Straw Wins' In Central Valley Scramble For Groundwater California Officials Developing Groundwater Management Plans http://kvpr.org/post/california-officials-developing-groundwater-management-plans <div><p>California state officials are working on a five-year plan they hope will lead to better local management of underground water supplies. Pauline Bartolone has more from Sacramento.</p></div><p>The state says groundwater levels are in alarming decline – and that must be reversed. In times of drought, more water is pulled from the ground. A number of government agencies are generating a five-year plan to make sure that over years of use and replenishment, there’s adequate supply of groundwater</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 17:39:27 +0000 Pauline Bartolone - Capital Public Radio 33963 at http://kvpr.org California Officials Developing Groundwater Management Plans San Joaquin Valley Groundwater Depletion Linked to Earthquakes http://kvpr.org/post/san-joaquin-valley-groundwater-depletion-linked-earthquakes <p class="p1">Researchers have long known that the mountain ranges surrounding the Central Valley have been rising faster than expected--a few millimeters every year for over a century.&nbsp; And over the same time, seismic activity in the area has also increased.&nbsp; According to a new study, both may be linked to the depletion of groundwater in the Central Valley.&nbsp; Colin Amos of Western Washington University is lead author on the study.</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 23:51:37 +0000 Kerry Klein 32745 at http://kvpr.org San Joaquin Valley Groundwater Depletion Linked to Earthquakes New Report: California Groundwater Crisis Looming http://kvpr.org/post/new-report-california-groundwater-crisis-looming <div><p>Groundwater supplies are at an all-time low in both the Sacramento and San Joaquin River basins. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, management of that dwindling supply was the focus of debate at the state Capitol.</p></div><p>The Legislative Analyst’s Office told lawmakers that without comprehensive statewide regulation of groundwater, management of the state’s water supply will be increasingly difficult. The LAO suggests the state require local water districts to phase in groundwater permitting and keep track of how much water is extracted from all groundwater wells.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 23:47:57 +0000 Amy Quinton - Capital Public Radio 29573 at http://kvpr.org New Report: California Groundwater Crisis Looming Kettleman City Resident Uneasy With Landfill's Connection To Clean Water Plan http://kvpr.org/post/kettleman-city-resident-uneasy-landfills-connection-clean-water-plan <p>Maricela Mares Alatorre says she has a “hate-hate” relationship with Kettleman City’s water, which contains unsafe amounts of naturally occurring arsenic.</p><p>“Usually, very early in the morning or late at night, there’s like a petroleum smell, like gas,” Alatorre says. “Sometimes during the day, while we’re washing the dishes, we’ll have a white dish, and all of a sudden, we’ll see the water is totally brown.”&nbsp;</p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 17:30:30 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 25631 at http://kvpr.org Kettleman City Resident Uneasy With Landfill's Connection To Clean Water Plan That Sinking Feeling: Valley Land Subsidence Poses Problems for Water, High Speed Rail http://kvpr.org/post/sinking-feeling-valley-land-subsidence-poses-problems-water-high-speed-rail <div><p>The U.S. Geological Survey released a study today showing that large groundwater withdrawals are causing land in California’s Central Valley to sink. A 1,200 square mile area is sinking up to a foot a year in some places. The situation has become so serious that it’s threatening flood control and water deliveries. The proposed high speed rail system will also have deal with the changing terrain. But Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, finding a solution won’t be easy.</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 02:29:56 +0000 Amy Quinton - Capital Public Radio 24868 at http://kvpr.org That Sinking Feeling: Valley Land Subsidence Poses Problems for Water, High Speed Rail Where Might Funding For Safe Drinking Water Flow From? http://kvpr.org/post/where-might-funding-safe-drinking-water-flow <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the past 35 years, Sandra Garcia has picked grapes, plums and peppers on San Joaquin Valley farms. But when she returns to her home in the small, Tulare County community of Poplar, she’s reminded of agriculture’s impact on her drinking water.</span></p><p>She can’t drink it because it contains unhealthy levels of nitrates. And she can’t cook with it, because boiling water can concentrate the nitrate level. It’s a serious health issue for infants and pregnant women.</p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 16:19:39 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 14388 at http://kvpr.org Where Might Funding For Safe Drinking Water Flow From? Report: Cleanup Nitrate Pollution With Fee on Fertilizer Sales http://kvpr.org/post/report-cleanup-nitrate-pollution-fee-fertilizer-sales <p></p><p>The State Water Resources Control Board is recommending that California fund efforts to mitigate nitrate pollution through a statewide fee on fertilizer.</p><p>In a report to the Legislature, the board said that groundwater nitrate pollution in the Tulare Lake Basin and Salinas Valley is likely to get worse in the future, and a dedicated funding stream is needed to address the problem.</p><p>Agricultural fertilizer and confined animal facilities are considered some of the top sources of nitrate pollution.</p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 02:54:31 +0000 Joe Moore 11086 at http://kvpr.org Report: Cleanup Nitrate Pollution With Fee on Fertilizer Sales