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California Drought Sparks Innovative Solutions

15 May 2014
Research Note

On 30 April 2014, The California Department of Water Resources released a report analyzing 5,400 groundwater wells across the state — signaling historic declines in water levels. Groundwater provides approximately 60% of California’s water supply in a dry year (40% in an average year) and 2013 was the driest in recorded history. In many areas of the San Joaquin Valley, recent groundwater levels are more than 100 feet below previous historical lows.


  • Long-term stress driving California water opportunities
  • California revives interest in large-scale seawater desalination
  • Agriculture water stress raises significance of innovative technologies

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