The state of California is sinking by up to 2 feet per year according to an article published yesterday by the Center for Investigative Reporting, known as Reveal.
The sinking is damaging bridges, cracking canals, and warping highways. The damage will probably cost billions to repair. The state has been forced to exploit large amounts of groundwater reserves as drought continues to deplete the amount of surface water.
Geologists first noticed sinking in California in the 1930s, but it slowed when the state developed its canal system in the 1970s. Today, however, the drought is causing the sinking to speed up once again. ▪
Full article: California Is Sinking (The Trumpet)