Groundwater depletion sinks portions of Cedar Valley

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  • CylonesRus sunamn, IN
    April 1, 2014 11:12 a.m.

    What would have happened if the MX missiles were staged in Utah 30+ years ago? That is what Orrin Hatch pushed for. That is when the good people should have got wise about Hatch.

    April 1, 2014 8:51 a.m.

    @ My2Cents:

    Can and will you please share where your getting your information on Fracking. And it seems that you have no idea what your talking about, because there has been Fracking going on in Utah since they figured out that's what it took to break down formations in order to get gas and oil to flow. And if Fracking was/is going to cause sink holes then Eastern Utah is in for one heck of a shock because they have been Fracking those wells for decades. Oh look no cracks from Fracks. Oh and you will have bigger and better sink holes after they quit mining coal, and all of there shafts start to cave in but that's just common knowledge.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    April 1, 2014 8:46 a.m.

    Some of these aquifers are left over from the last Ice age and lake bonneville. They haven't been being recharged with enough spring run off to compensate for what we're drawing out for probably 50 years, and in the last 20 (as My2Cents pointed out) our "leaders" a bunch of developers have ignored the USGS and built where ever they could snatch the land cheap.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    April 1, 2014 5:40 a.m.

    I have wondered about this happening in Utah and many desert areas where aquifers have become abused and overused. It could even contribute to drought conditions in Utah and western states because ground water levels also affect humidity levels above the ground and there have never been any statistics or monitoring levels of atmospheric humidity. Ground evaporation does contribute to climatic changes and what some mistake as global warning rather than humidity depletion of aquifers.

    This giant sink hole is in a remote area of the state and its cause for caution and to limit development in the more urban areas of the state in northern Utah. The west side of the valley lake Bonneville beach front property has already been impacted by mud slides and sinking homes and why the USGS had zoned the west area of the valley as not fit to develop for homes and business back in the 1930-1940's and our Utah government leaders have chosen to ignore the USGS warning.

    These sink holes take time to reveal themselves and if oil fracking is developed in Utah then it may put Utah lower by hundreds of feet and ghost towns for tourist to visit.

  • Red Smith American Fork, UT
    March 31, 2014 10:09 p.m.

    Who is liable for the damages caused by the over pumping caused by the State Engineer authorizing too many water permits in Cedar Valley?

    The San Joaquin Valley dropped 34 feet in elevation due to over pumping on farm ground.

    Gray water recharge in Cedar Valley may help.