Tuesday April 16, 2024

Fresh Fruit Portal

A state-of-the-art project, three years in the making, is analyzing California’s groundwater basins and the state’s underground storage potential. The information could help California and the agriculture industry improve its water access and better prepare for inevitable drought cycles.

The program, called the Airborne Electromagnetic Surveys, consists of flying over nearly 95 groundwater basins in California and mapping findings up to 1,000 in depth below the surface.

Rosemary Knight, who was part of the proposal sent to the state’s governor, said they are very close to gathering all the data they need for the California Department of Water Resources, where she is part of the advisory committee.

“We can map out where there are sands and gravels that we pump to get our groundwater,” Knight said.  “We can just peel out layers and dig deeper and deeper into groundwater systems and you start seeing large packages of permeable material.”

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