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Tribe fights Coachella Valley water agencies for aquifer rights
Tribe fights Coachella Valley water agencies for aquifer rights

In drought-ravaged California, the vast freshwater aquifer beneath the Coachella Valley is a rare bright spot. The U.S. Geological Survey once tried to measure how much water it held but gave up because the supply was so plentiful. But there is growing concern by some that local water agencies are drawing too much out of the aquifer, which supplies water for more than 260,000 people. The two water providers that control the aquifer, the Coachella Valley Water District and the Desert Water Agency, acknowledge that they have drawn down the water supply but say they replace some of it with water from the Colorado River. That's not enough for some critics, including leaders of an...

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