Since our last post in January, California continues to embrace efforts to find low-tech solutions to offset the effect of the persistent 4-year drought. As outlined in a Scientific American article by Tom Yulsman, Andrew Fisher, Ph.D., a professor at the University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC), is leading the charge to replenish the aquifers beneath Santa Cruz County. In addition to his teaching duties at UCSC, Dr. Fisher leads The Recharge Initiative, an organization whose aim is to protect, enhance, and improve the availability and reliability of groundwater resources.
Yulsman’s article clearly defines the threats to groundwater supplies from overpumping, which has led to drops in groundwater levels of up to 100 feet. If the massive loss of volume within the aquifer isn’t bad enough, these huge drops in groundwater level has allowed seawater to intrude inland, threatening to contaminate the groundwater that’s left. Because these aquifers provide water for both municipal and agricultural users, preventing further overdraft and seawater intrusion is critically important.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of this blog series on Friday March 18th
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