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Stop over-pumping underground water aquifers

By From page A7 | March 16, 2012

EDITOR: As our national capitol argues over dollars, many of our cities across the nation are lowering with the land mass as over-pumping of underground (UG) water aquifers are lowered hundreds of feet. As the various UG earth strata dry out, they shrink.

Rivers lower along with the cities, thus flooding of towns and cities becomes more the norm. Here in California, the small town of San Joaquin City had lowered 27 feet by 1977. In California’s Central Valley, the city of Madera reported its land mass had lowered 29 feet by 2010. (Do not blame the farmers, they need to water their crops and orchards.)

If our president(s) would enact a program similar to F.D.R.’s 1930’s WPA using today’s Conservation Corps controlling dry creeks with very small SLOW-FLOW-GABION (rock)-DAMS, our rivers would flow higher in summers and flow lower in winters.

If our president(s) would enact a WPA-type pipeline program from high mountain rivers and streams, the existing high evaporation of our number one resource would stop. Pumping from UG aquifers would stop and the aquifers would refill. Salt intrusion from oceans would stop as UG aquifer water once again becomes higher than ocean mean as it was over 100 years ago.

Think of the electrical power saved by using gravity power instead of submergible pumps. Huge electrical surface pumps would no longer be required, giving fish migrations to the ocean back totally to Mother Nature.

Why not spend millions on high mountain water pipe systems instead of spending billions on flood disaster reliefs, which can only become worse if we continue to pump UG aquifer water?

Also, could it be UG water dry soil strata in many Eastern States is increasing the production of radon gas in classrooms and homes?

ELLSWORTH ROSE

Georgetown

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