Valley groundwater threatened if farm use continues at current levels

Outlet: The Sacramento Bee

July 23, 2012

The groundwater that is the lifeblood of many Central Valley farms is imperiled if farmers continue to use it at current levels, according to new research. A recently released study warns that the current depletion rate of the Central Valley aquifer – the large store of underground water the region’s farmers use for irrigation – is unsustainable, and will continue to be so despite the surety that wet years will eventually follow dry ones.