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Big Ag meets groundwater. 
About 30 percent of Iowa's municipal water systems are susceptible to nitrate pollution.
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A problem you don't often think about in a drought: The earth sinks. Whenever people pump more water out of the ground than the ground gains from rainfall in a year, the ground starts to deflate like a giant waterbed. And when droughts are serious -- as California's is today -- that subsidence can cause serious problems for things like bridges and buildings which were sort of expecting the ground to stay in roughly the same place.

The photo below shows the rather spectacular subsidence of the San Joaquin Valley over a 52-year period, from 1925 to 1977. The topmost sign on that post is where the man would have been standing fifty years earlier; over that time, the ground descended a good three stories. In 2008, the ground started to drop at this sort of rate again -- a meter every five years.

Nathan Halverson of the Center for Investigative Reporting has more here: https://www.revealnews.org/article/california-is-sinking-and-its-getting-worse/
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Irrigation water use: Center-pivot irrigation

If you've looked out of an airplane window while flying over the central or western United States, chances are you saw lot of the "little" circles on the ground. They are center-pivot irrigation circles. In these systems, water is pumped from an well in the center of the circle from an underground aquifer and distributed through a giant sprinkler hundreds of yards long that pivots around a central point. In the past, large spray guns were used to shoot water through the air onto the crops, but nowadays more efficient low-pressure sprinklers hang from the pipes to spray water close to the ground, which is a much more efficient method that saves water.

This NASA satellite photo shows crop circles in Finney County, Kansas. These irrigated plots are 800 and 1,600 meters in diameter (0.5 and 1 mile). This area utilizes irrigation water from the Ogallala aquifer, that underlies an area from Wyoming to Texas.

More information on the Ogallala aquifer, which is part of the High Plains Aquifer System, may be found here: 
http://ne.water.usgs.gov/ogw/hpwlms/physsett.html

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#irrigation #wateruse #Kansas #Ogallala #aquifer #aerialphotography #center-pivot #HighPlains
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This is wasteful of land: it only uses π/4 of it.
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It's National #Groundwater Awareness Week! Whether you’re on a public water system or a private well, whether you are a health care official, policymaker, regulator, an environmentalist or a groundwater professional, you can get involved in protecting this vital resource. Let us know what you're doing to help spread the word! ‪#‎GWAwarenessWeek‬
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A University of Wyoming professor has made a discovery that answers a nearly 100-year-old question about water movement, with implications for agriculture, hydrology, climate science and other fields.
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Now there are certain rules in place regarding the pumping of ground water during crop protection events in the Dover/Plant City area.
 
Sinkholes — Sinkholes affect structures as well as many types of supporting infrastructure such as buried utilities lines seen here. More than 110 sinkholes formed in the Dover area of Florida during a freeze event in January 2010. Ground water levels dropped to record-setting lows as farmers pumped water to irrigate their plants for protection from the cold temperatures. The sinkholes destroyed homes, roads and sections of cultivated areas.

Learn more about sinkholes: http://on.doi.gov/sinkholes

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I live in Pennsylvania and our area is prone to sinkholes. Local insurers offer sinkhole coverage plans.
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How bad is the drought in California? Here are some comparative pictures showing how much the water levels have dropped at Lake Orville over the course of four years.
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Wonder if any paleontology or anthropology groups have taken advantage of perhaps past sites covered by the water being open again?  

Or if records were even kept to check for locations. 
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"We drive hybrid cars, own designer dogs that have been inbred from the grey wolf down to the chihuahua, and live in temperature-controlled, eco-friendly environments. We load the hybrid dog into the hybrid car, stretch on a pair of green-friendly $100 lululemons while hiking in the artificially designed nature trails of L.A. while drinking artificially sanitized water and tweeting selfies on our technological marvel iPhones with the hashtag ‪#‎nature‬.

That’s Nature Inc™.

Nature, on the other hand, is generations ravaged by smallpox because vaccines weren’t invented yet. It’s having a home birth not because it’s been romanticized, but because it’s your only option. It’s dying of malnutrition because, even though you have soil, sunlight and water, you don’t have the technology to fight off bugs, weeds, or droughts. Nature is one too many sunburns leading to melanoma. Nature is when shows like Naked and Afraid and Born In The Wild are just life, and not documentary-worthy expenditures of bored and privileged twenty-somethings who can call the hospital when something goes horribly wrong.

Because as much as nature makes delicious fruits and vegetables, if you’re not paying attention, it also makes poisonous mushrooms."
Here’s the thing about nature: It will fuck up your shit.
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One Year of Water Left in California Reservoirs?
Whats amazing is despite the awareness and effort there isn't much that actually has been done to adapt to the serious situation or strategize on how to reclaim the water lost. California is way beyond just reducing the impact, they literally need refill what has been lost. There should be no question whether anyone should ration now...it should just happen if they are to have any water left at all.
#Water   #Drought   #CaliforniaWater   #California  
Given the historic low temperatures and snowfalls that pummeled the eastern U.S. this winter, it might be easy to overlook how devastating California's winter was as well.
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Time to create desalination plants. think outside the box now
 
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About 115 million people—more than one-third of the Nation’s population—rely on groundwater for drinking water. As the Nation’s population grows, the need for high-quality drinking-water supplies becomes even more urgent.

Over the last two decades, USGS scientists have assessed water quality in source (untreated) water from 6,600 wells in extensive regional aquifers that supply most of the groundwater pumped for the Nation’s drinking water, irrigation, and other uses. This comprehensive sampling, along with detailed information on geology, hydrology, geochemistry, and chemical and water use, can be used to explain how and why aquifer vulnerability to contamination varies across the Nation.

Read the full story and access the recently completed national summary report on the quality of the Nation's groundwater at: http://bit.ly/1JgSPr9

#‎water‬ ‪#‎humanhealth‬ ‪#‎groundwater‬ ‪#‎science‬ ‪#‎USGS‬ ‪#‎contaminants‬
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