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Drought update: Dry wells, debate over water cutbacks
Drought update: Dry wells, debate over water cutbacks

With Californians increasing efforts to deal with the drought, lawmakers got an update Tuesday on exactly how bad things are and heard little to cheer them. Among other areas of concern, about 1,900 wells have gone dry, Mark Cowin, director of the California Department of Water Resources, told a Senate joint oversight hearing on the drought. Preliminary data from this spring show that over the course of the last year, the levels of more than 40% of measured wells have declined more than 2 feet, Cowin said. “This drought is going to change California,” Cowin said. State Sen. Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills), chairwoman of the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee,...

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