Stanford study: Shutting down pumps alone won’t halt San Joaquin Valley sinking

June 3, 2022
Jesse Vad, SJV Water
by Jesse Vad, SJV Water
An agricultural well pumps groundwater into a standpipe in Kings County in this April 2022 photo. CREDIT: Lois Henry
Jesse Vad, SJV Water
Jesse Vad, SJV Water

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The San Joaquin Valley is sinking and it might continue to do so for centuries if groundwater levels aren’t recovered, according to a new Stanford University study. 

The study, which was published on Thursday in the Water Resources Research journal, simulated 65 years of land sinking, called subsidence, at a site near Hanford in Kings County. It found that even if all groundwater pumping stopped immediately, sinking would continue. The only hope is for

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