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California Drought News: Drilling for wells is red-hot, and there's more green for purple pipe



Hetch Hetchy Reservoir serves the San Francisco Public Utility Commission water and power.
Hetch Hetchy Reservoir serves the San Francisco Public Utility Commission water and power.
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The Central Valley sends ravens with news (on this day after Game of Thrones), but it's news that sure sounds like strategies and tactics southern California has heard before.

The figures prove it. In Fresno County, which leads the nation in agricultural production, officials issued 256 permits to dig new wells in the first three months of 2014, more than twice the number compared to the same time last year. That includes all types of water wells used for agriculture and homes. In Tulare County, the number of permits issued to dig farm wells alone has tripled to 245. In Kern County, farmers took out 63 new well permits in the first quarter of the year, more than quadrupling last year's number. (Associated Press)

Once again, we're reminded that drought doesn't just mean water scarcity:

And from the Department of Big Ideas:

“Just because you have one good year of water every eight years doesn’t change the long-term trajectory of the river, which is distinctly downward,” said Rob Mrowka, a senior scientist in Las Vegas with the Center for Biological Diversity. “We’ve got a crisis at hand and a catastrophe in the making.” (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)

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