Groundwater threatens the future of March Air Reserve Base — a major employer, supervisor says – Press Enterprise

What lies beneath March Air Reserve Base could threaten the future of one of the Inland Empire’s biggest employers, local officials warn.

Groundwater levels under and around the base have risen to the point where it makes construction more expensive and could limit the base’s ability to handle certain aircraft, said Paul Jones, general manager of the Eastern Municipal Water District.

In an emailed statement, a base spokesperson said that in the past few years, “We have observed a substantial increase in groundwater levels under the installation in spite of drought conditions.”

“We continue to closely monitor these water levels and are working with Air Force and the State of California Department of Water Resources subject matter experts to evaluate causes and implement appropriate mitigation measures,” the statement read.

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