California considers legislation on groundwater rights

05/13/2009 | NYTimes.com

California farmers have increasingly relied on underground aquifers to water crops as other sources of water in the state are drying up. However, state legislators are thinking about controlling the amount of groundwater residents can pump from aquifers. Excessive pumping can lower the water table, and California accounts for 20% of aquifer use in the country, according to the Water Education Foundation.

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