August 4, 2014 at 10:00 AM With Guest Host Meghna Chakrabarti. A NASA study says the water problem in the American is deeper than we thought. We’ll look at the West’s deep water challenge.
A woman takes a picture of newly-raised San Vicente Dam during a ceremony Wednesday, July 16, 2014, in Lakeside, Calif. Crews have finished raising the dam, as California endures the worst drought in the state since the mid-1970s. (AP)
If you’ve been to Lake Mead you’ve seen it. Prolonged drought in the West has driven the country’s largest reservoir to its lowest level in memory. But the true crisis lies below the Colorado Basin bedrock. More than 75% of the water lost in the last nine years came from groundwater supplies. And it may never come back. That’s water for 40 million Americans. Water for 4 million acres of farmland. Without drastic action, the water crisis may permanently change the Western way of life. This hour, On Point: groundwater crisis in the western U.S.