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Groundwater Levels Plummet in Crucial LA County Basins

NBC 4

Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 • Updated at 8:00 AM PDT

New laws intended to safeguard California’s dwindling groundwater largely exclude crucial basins in Los Angeles and Orange counties, on the grounds that local monitoring systems for them are already in place.

But that is not keeping their water levels from descending to historically low levels, NBC4 has learned.

“The system has worked until now,” said Anthony Zampiello, executive director for the watermaster overseeing the main San Gabriel basin, historically replenished by runoff from the mountains.

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