Thursday, February 21, 2008

California lawsuit targets water agency over subsidence, earth fissures

According to a report in the Palm Spring Desert Sun newspaper, a group of homeowners in the Coachella Valley are suing the local water agency for overpumping groundwater, resulting in ground subsidence and fissures that are damanging their homes.

A USGS report released in December 2007 described more than a foot of subsidence in some areas during the last 9 years, and 3-4 inches in the last two years in one area.

I'm hearing that this may be the first such suit over general groundwater pumping.

[photo: USGS subsidence map of the Coachella Valley INSAR data]

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