Groundwater depletion of six Western aquifers over time


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A new report says we're draining our aquifers faster than ever
Kelsey Cody
Kelsey Cody
Jul 27, 2013 06:21 PM
It appears the Snake River Plain is a depth of water level reading, not a cubic kilometers.
Sarah Jane Keller
Sarah Jane Keller Subscriber
Aug 06, 2013 11:31 AM
Hi Kelsey
You can see in the USGS report ( cited in the text that all depletion, including the Snake River, is in cubic kilometers.
Steve Snyder
Steve Snyder Subscriber
Aug 06, 2013 02:35 PM
Dunno about Snake River, but I'll venture that Arizona and Vegas had their declines in degree of drainage in part because they were getting low enough that it was basically impossible to increase the drainage rate any longer.
Randall Miller
Randall Miller
Aug 07, 2013 01:52 AM
From the report at ( it appears that the Snake River Aquifer has grown substantially since 1900, but for the last couple decades has begun to recede a little.