Terry Nagel, STANFORD REPORT
Because groundwater is hidden beneath the earth’s surface, for many Californians it’s a matter of "out of sight, out of mind."
Residents often take it for granted and do not realize that it is a critical resource, providing 40 percent of the state’s water supply during normal years and as much as 60 percent during dry times – like now.
Today, Stanford researchers with Water in the West announced a new project to help Californians understand the importance of groundwater in the state, the problems caused by groundwater overdraft and potential solutions. Their website, "Understanding California’s Groundwater," offers new research findings, interactive graphics and a synthesis of existing knowledge on groundwater in California, all designed to advance public understanding of this critical issue.