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Scientists say Sparta is still shrinking

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"The bottom line is there's no reason for water levels overall to rise; there has been no decline in usage," Magee said. "With some exceptions."

The area's amount of fresh water is still declining, and areas in the eastern edges of the aquifer's coverage are beginning to see their wells pumping salty brine that is encroaching into the underground sand reservoir, Magee said.

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