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The Future of Water

Feature Block - WaterDespite our recent rain, California’s large reservoirs are at 25 to 63 percent of historical levels. And remember, for the last four years, groundwater withdrawals have dramatically exceeded deposits into our aquifers. Groundwater, which is our savings, our emergency stash, is at or below historical low levels, and with recharge rates averaging 0.5 to 1 meter per year, it will be quite some time before our water budget is restored.

Alex LaGatta

LaGatta, adjunct professor of geology, environmental science and energy, is interested in water and energy supply management in the face of a growing population and climate change.