NWNL Spotlight

California Drought: Drilling for the Last Drop

No Water No Life documents the vulnerability of our fresh water resources by combining photography and science regarding surface water issues in our 6 case-study watersheds. However, our NWNL “Spotlight” features address other regional issues related to our mission. Thus NWNL has a “Spotlight on California’s Drought” investigating surface and groundwater issues. This three-year drought has eliminated surface water supplies to the Central Valley farmers this year, so the only water left is underground. Since drilling withdrawals are not regulated in CA, farmers are now pumping out 800 billion gallons a year (enough to meet needs of 22 million people). This video addresses the serious risks of this withdrawal, including low water quality, empty aquifers and ground subsidence.