Environmental groups are crying foul, according to this story from the Associated Press, charging that several ponds at the San Bernardino National Wildlife refuge found themselves without water or with a low supply. Contractors working for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection began building a new stretch of border wall in the area in October, pumping millions of gallons of groundwater to mix cement.
A report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that was obtained by Defenders of Wildlife, another conservation group that opposes border wall construction, shows that contractors withdrew millions of gallons of water from a well located 1.5 miles from the refuge, resulting in the lower water levels within the refuge and even some empty ponds.
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