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.
By September, California’s water agencies will decide whether to approve plans to pump billions of gallons of water through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to the Bay Area, Southern California and the state’s productive farm regions.
Water infrastructure is in dire need of improvement, especially in the West. Despite aging reservoirs, treatment plants and pipelines, Congress has been unwilling to allocate funding to improve current conditions.