The powerful storm that pounded California recently seemed like the break the state so desperately needed. But it wasn’t enough. In fact, there is probably no storm capable of washing away California’s water woes, scientists say.
The president-elect is gearing up to cut NASA’s environmental monitoring, which includes the data that’s been used to monitor California’s sinking.
If California gets hit by a strong El Niño with heavy snow and rain, sinking levees in the Central Valley are more likely to fail and send floodwaters racing across farms, highways and neighborhoods.
California’s historic sinking is starting to hit home – literally. In the El Nido region, homes are beginning to sink and crack.
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.
While the state’s drought-induced sinking is well known, new details highlight just how severe it has become and how little the government has done to