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Re: Inyo Challenges DWP pumping rate

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avatar Inyo Challenges DWP pumping rate
July 01, 2011 04:22PM
Inyo County has taken legal action that asks the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to reduce the amount of groundwater the agency plans to pump from the Owens Valley in the next year. In recent years, Inyo has let LA get by with more pumping than believed healthy for the Owens Valley but not this year. In a press release, officials point to DWP’s plan to pump 91,000 acre-feet as the “highest level of groundwater pumping by LADWP since 1989.” The release says that by reducing that amount by less than 10%, LA could avoid a “potentially costly legal battle.”

avatar Re: Inyo Challenges DWP pumping rate
July 01, 2011 11:05PM
A recent study said the flood control of the Colorado River since the 1930s and subsequent impact on the Salton Sea has made the region overdue for a very large earthquake of 7.5+

I'm curious if LADWP's pumping of so much groundwater could cause stresses in Owens Valley and unleash a large earthquake like the 1872 big one? It would be tough to prove, just something to think about
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