An op-ed piece by Dr. Jay Lund from the Center for Watershed Sciences at UC Davis, recounts what we should have learned from a decade of extreme weather in California.
From 2012-2015, California endured one its driest years of record. Now 2017 is likely to be the wettest year on record in northern California and potentially one of the wettest years ever in most of California. April 7th marked the end of Governor Brown’s drought emergency declaration for the state with a few exceptions. Governor Brown stresses the need to continue drought practices to reduce wasteful water use and make “conservation as a way of life”.
Dr. Jay Lund hopes we’ve learned a few things over the last decade of extremes:
“Groundwater is key to sustainability and prosperity for California’s human water uses. Increased groundwater pumping replaced about 70% of the drought’s agricultural water shortage. Groundwater provides by far the most water storage in California, and is the predominant storage for longer droughts. The 2014 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act shows that this lesson was learned, but implementation remains a challenge.”
Making the conscious effort to reduce wasteful water use can only do so much. Being prepared for dry years and wet years will take more planning and infrastructure to put California in its best position. MaxWell® drywells are a viable solution for both reducing flooding and capturing stormwater to recharge groundwater.
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