Land Subsidence Along the Delta-Mendota Canal

A buckle in the concrete lining of the Delta-Mendota canal.

Detailed Description

Reduced surface-water availability (associated with droughts) during 1976-77, 1986-92, 2007-09, and 2012-current caused groundwater-pumping increases, water-level declines to near or beyond historic lows, and renewed aquifer compaction. The resulting land subsidence has canal buckling and reduced flow capacity of the Delta-Mendota Canal (pictured), the California Aqueduct, the Eastside Bypass, and other structures that transport floodwater or deliver irrigation water.


Image Dimensions: 1242 x 928

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Location Taken: US