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Aquifer use necessary
Bureau of Reclamation
officials say it was not a simple or an easy
decision to use groundwater irrigation this year
despite abundant rainfall and concerns of strain on
the region's aquifer.
The problem arises because in the seven years prior to this year the region was in a drought. During that time, the aquifer compensated for the loss and was stressed. It is groundwater that supports the inflows, Lesley said.
“It's important to not
estimate and speculate. We want to have facts,” she
Lesley said the Bureau had not expected to use
groundwater during the irrigation season, but when
precipitation and lake inflows dropped, it became a
“We didn't intend to go this way until the inflows dropped,” she said.
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