Researchers also are welcoming the recent rains. Gabriele Ludwig, director of sustainability and environmental affairs at the Almond Board of California, said these are exactly the types of storm events that will test how effective projects aimed at groundwater recharge are working. The Almond Board of California is working with several farmers, University of California scientists and a San Francisco-based group called Sustainable Conservation. The plan is to apply water from the Kings River to several orchards to see how well it recharges the aquifer without damaging trees or vineyards. Researchers say recharge could reduce overdrafting – when more water gets pumped from an underground basin than gets replenished – by 12 percent to 20 percent. Questions that remain are: Does the flooding of orchards cause leaching of nitrates or salts into the groundwater? Are there systems in place to take advantage of major rain events? “These are exactly the kind of storms that this concept is set up for,” Ludwig said.
Farmers and water districts hope storm runoff can help replenish underground supplies
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