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Groundwater Use

May 19, 2017

California farmers used enough groundwater during the drought to fill Lake Mead:  “California farmers in the Central Valley pumped enough water out of the ground to fill Lake Mead, which can store the entire average flow of the Colorado River for two years. It’s enough to drown the state of Pennsylvania in a foot of water.  A new study from UCLA and the University of Houston shows that’s how much groundwater was used during the most recent drought in one of the nation’s largest agricultural hubs.  The study also found the rate of groundwater withdrawal per year in the most recent drought was double that of the drought of 2007 to 2009, even though there was less land to irrigate.  … ”  Read more from Capital Public Radio here:  California farmers used enough groundwater during the drought to fill Lake Mead

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