Aquifer Recharge Efforts Ramp Up During Rainy Season

El Niño and new state laws create a storm of aquifer activity in California
Aquifer Recharge Efforts Ramp Up During Rainy Season
UC Davis hydrologist Helen Dahlke stands in a Modesto, California, almond orchard in an experiment she is leading to recharge the aquifer by flooding farmland in the winter.

While it’s not apparent just yet whether this winter’s rainfall will bring closure to California’s historic drought, it is clear that the state’s underground water concerns will linger on. According to the San Jose Mercury News, water has been removed from aquifers faster than nature can refill them for decades, and the state has deemed 21 groundwater basins “critically overdrafted.”

There are consequences that go hand in hand with the overpumping of groundwater. Last...

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