Ground in Lindsay sinks five inches near Friant-Kern Canal
The South-Valley is the newest location where the ground is sinking. The newest discovery is in Lindsay along the Friant-Kern Canal.
In the past five months the land has dropped five inches. Five inches may not seem like a lot but officials with the Friant Water Authority say it could reduce water flow by 60 percent. That would impact farmers north of Fresno all the way south to Bakersfield.
The 152 mile long canal is gravity fed and doesn't rely on pumps to move the water. Subsidence is the gradual sinking of land which occurs more dramatically in a farming area when groundwater is over drafted.
Jason Phillips the CEO for the Friant Water Authority says, "The continuing subsidence issue is why the authority is exploring possible funding mechanisms for bringing the Friant-Kern Canal back to its designed operational potential."
He adds a fully functioning canal will help achieve the groundwater/surface water balance the Friant-Kern Canal was designed to maintain.
The canal was built to bring stability to the Valley's groundwater supply. The water supply was threatened in the 1920's by decades of groundwater pumping.