28 Jun '16, 11pm

California May Have A Lot More Water Than It Knew

California May Have A Lot More Water Than It Knew

A new study has tripled the amount of fresh groundwater in California that could be used for drinking and irrigation. In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , the Stanford University authors find evidence of groundwater aquifers as deep as 3,000 meters in eight Central Valley and coastal counties. That's good news for a state in the grips of a long-standing drought. The rub is that oil and gas projects are common in the same areas, raising new concerns about the potential for contamination. "In the Central Valley alone, fresh groundwater volumes can be increased almost threefold, and useable groundwater volumes can be increased fourfold if we extend depths to 3,000 meters," the study notes. "However, some of these deep groundwater resources are vulnerable to contamination from oil/gas and other human activities. Our findings provide the...

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