A conflict with Mennonites in Mexico is the latest example of a world grappling with depleting water sources and increasingly violent conflicts erupting where water shortages have taken hold.
The Union of Concerned Scientists has concluded that the state needs to build underground water storage systems beneath cities to capture storm runoff, which can be used later during drought years.
Arizonans are debating what actions to take after a Reveal investigation showed the state’s limited aquifers are being drained to grow and ship crops overseas.
For nearly a century, Californians have drained an incredible amount of water from the ground to grow crops and water landscaping. But the practice is not sustainable, and the water has not returned.
Not too long ago in that idyllic Central Coast city, an overdependence on groundwater became a destructive and expensive problem that today could serve as a warning to cities and counties throughout the state.
In California, well completion reports are considered confidential under a 64-year-old state law. A hearing will consider new legislation that would make these well logs public.
So much water is being pumped out of the ground worldwide that it is contributing to global sea level rise, a phenomenon tied largely to warming temperatures and climate change.
As California farms and cities drill deeper for groundwater in a time of drought and climate change, they are tapping reserves from the prehistoric era, and scientists are worried about the long-term environmental consequences.