Friday, October 30, 2009

Ground Water Crisis

Around the world ground water is being depleted at an alarming rate. Withdrawls from underground aquifers are far outstripping their ability to recharge. As a consequence, water tables around the country are dropping and the Pacific Northwest is no exception. During the dry, hot summer many systems depend entirely on ground water sources for flow and in many cases dropping watertables threaten in stream flows. With climate change and further depletion of our aquifers looming it is critical that watershed restoration efforts focus on flow management of both surface and ground water, eliminate waste and work to slow or stop the depletion of ground water. See an article on ground water depletion in the Columbia Basin Bulletin.

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