Southern California’s autumn months are getting hotter and the region has had less rain in recent years, prompting many meteorologists to predict another drought for the state. This weather pattern, however, is in contrast to Northern California, which received a record amount of rainfall last year, effectively ending the state’s five-year drought.
California water regulators have decided that Nestle, which sells Arrowhead bottled water, doesn’t have the right to do so by siphoning it off of waterways in the San Bernardino National Forest.
Even with record rainfall recently in California, the ground beneath the Friant-Kern Canal continues to sink—a result of groundwater depletion from years of drought. This phenomenon, called land subsidence, is a significant problem for drought-affected areas like the San Joaquin Valley, and it has caused problems for farmers and others who rely on water from the canal for irrigation.
For years, Arizona water officials have been trying to determine who controls the water drawn from the Colorado River to serve cities and communities in Arizona and southern California.
The proposed Kettleman Reservoir aims to reconstruct a portion of the old Tulare Lake bed to restore depleted groundwater supplies.