A SAMPLE OF OUTREACH MATERIALS
Two-thirds of streams in the USA may be seeping into the subsurface. These leaky streams are more common in drier climates, flatter landscapes, and where considerable groundwater pumping takes place, demonstrating that natural conditions and groundwater pumping may drive nearby streams to drain into their underlying aquifers.
Rivers are a vital water supply to farms, industries, and cities; they sustain healthy ecosystems by providing aquatic habitat and support local economies through recreation. When a stream leaks, it’s flow decreases, reducing water availability downstream. This research shows that leaky rivers are widespread across the United States, emphasizing the importance of managing underground and aboveground water supplies as interconnected resources.
'Go Deep or Go Dry’
Debra Perrone, Assistant Professor UC Santa Barbara, discusses the dwindling groundwater supply affecting 12 million US wells caused by global warming and over-consumption. The world relies on groundwater, which is getting harder and harder to find. With groundwater close to the surface vanishing, well-drillers are forced to turn to deep drilling for corporate, agricultural, and domestic water needs. But going deep this way is far more expensive and increasingly yields contaminated water.
Groundwater wells are being drilled deeper with time across much of the USA. This has implications for water access, irrigated agriculture, drinking water protection plans and energy use.
'License to Pump'
in the west
Groundwater is a critical resource in the western 17 states. Ensuring adequate groundwater supplies are available to meet growing water demands of the West is important and suggests that groundwater management must transcend the status quo.
Here, we provide a state-of-the-art toolbox for understanding a sample of groundwater permitting approaches across the Southwest.