In an arid region of Oregon, groundwater pumping imperils the “Everglades of the West”. Incentivized groundwater pumping has ignored the geology of the basin, where in the past gushing rivers sprang fully-formed out of the earth and slow seeps flooded thousands of acres. Rather than seeing the water underground as an extension of the region’s lakes and wetlands, groundwater has been treated as separate from the surface. As aquifer levels drop, marshes and wetlands are drying up.
Wildlife Needs Groundwater Too
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