USGS cites accelerating rate of depletion, posing problems for irrigation, surface water

Bloomberg: Groundwater is being depleted at a rapidly accelerating pace, posing potential problems for irrigation and surface water flow, according to a U.S. Geological Survey study released May 20. U.S. groundwater supplies were depleted by more than two times the volume of Lake Erie between 1900 and 2008, the study said. However, 25 percent of that amount--or 800 cubic kilometers of the 1000 cubic kilometers depleted--occurred between 2000 and 2008, indicating a rapid increase in the depletion rate, USGS......

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