| NASA Satellite Data Shows Central California is 'Sinking' by 1-2 Feet Per Year
New satellite radar data reveals that excess pumping of groundwater in Central California and a prolonged drought have caused the state to "sink" by as much as 2 feet in the last two years, threatening critical infrastructure. California's Department of Water Resources (DWR) commissioned NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) to collect and analyze data using airborne and satellite radar. An initial report of their findings was released in August 2015, using sensor readings between 2006 and early 2015. The current report analyses new radar images from 2015 and 2016. "Several trouble spots identified…continue to subside at rates as high as 2 feet (0.6 meters) a year. Significant subsidence was measured in two subsidence bowls located near the towns of Chowchilla, south of Merced; Corcoran, north of Bakersfield. These bowls cover hundreds of square miles and continued to grow wide and deeper between May 2015 and September