Large stretches of California’s Central Valley are sinking fast, and it’s no mystery what the culprit is: groundwater pumping.

Groundwater accounts for about 60 percent of the state’s water supply in dry years, with most of that used by agriculture, according to the state Department of Water Resources.

Joseph Poland …read moreSource: The Lowdown

Aquifers and the Depth of California’s Groundwater Crisis [Interactive Explainer] 17 June,2015Matthew Green

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Matthew Green is a digital media producer for KQED News. He previously produced The Lowdown, KQED’s multimedia news education blog. Matthew's written for numerous Bay Area publications, including the Oakland Tribune and San Francisco Chronicle. He also taught journalism classes at Fremont High School in East Oakland.

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