On top of an intensifying drought, California is also sinking. According to a NASA report released this month, parts of the San Joaquin Valley in Central California are sinking as a result of excessive groundwater pumping.
According to the California Department of Water resources, some parts are experiencing upwards of 2 inches of sinking per month which experts say could severely damage state infrastructure from roads to bridges.
To try and combat the problem, California Governor Jerry Brown has said his drought task force will work with communities to deal with the potential risk to infrastructure and continued sinking. Furthermore, the department is launching a 10 million program to “bolster conservation."