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SoCal water managers want to know who – exactly – is sinking the California Aqueduct

 •  by Lois Henry
A page from from a DWR presentation to the Metropolitan Water District shows areas of subsidence on the California Aqueduct.

A state report released in December pinned blame for sinking along the California Aqueduct on excessive nearby groundwater pumping to irrigate vineyards and nut orchards.

That was a pretty pointed finger, but not pointed enough for some committee directors in the large and powerful Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

They wanted names.

The issue came up at a meeting of MWD’s Water Planning and Stewardship Committee on Feb. 10 where a presentation was given about subsidence along the Aqueduct. Ted Craddock, acting Deputy Director of the Department of Water Resources gave the presentation and answered questions.

“How close are we to identifying which pumpers they are,” asked Director Steve Blois, of Calleguas Municipal Water District.

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