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California faces its first state intervention on groundwater use

California officials are poised to take unprecedented action against excessive groundwater pumping in Kings County, potentially imposing state control to combat the agricultural practices that threaten local water sustainability.

Rachel Becker reports for CalMatters.

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Environmentalists see Nevada Supreme Court ruling bringing state's water management 'into the 21st century'

Environmentalists see Nevada Supreme Court ruling bringing state's water management 'into the 21st century'

The court ruled that the state can restrict new groundwater pumping if it will impact other users and wildlife, a decision environmentalists are calling a major win in updating the state’s water law.
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Where groundwater levels are falling, and rising, worldwide

Data from more than 1,000 aquifers reveal widespread decline, but improvement in some places shows the trend can be reversed.
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In California, farmers test a method to sink more water into underground stores

A novel program reimburses landowners for replenishing groundwater, in a bid to add regularity to the state’s boom and bust water system.

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As groundwater levels fall in the U.S., powerful players block change

Here are some of the people fighting efforts to conserve a vital resource that’s disappearing across the United States.
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A tangle of rules to protect America’s water is falling short

The Times asked all 50 states how they police the use of valuable groundwater. Their answers reveal why the country is draining and damaging its aquifers so rapidly.
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Minnesota's burgeoning fertilizer problem

Minnesota’s water supply continues to be contaminated by fertilizer due to lackluster regulations and climate change.

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