Groundwater Depletion Assignment

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Water is a vast and vital resource to all living things in all parts of the world. We can receive fresh water in many different places, but when the main sources become scarce we receive water from the ground through aquifers. What would happen if we started to run out of this vital resource? Water needs to start being a resource that is valued and used more wisely throughout the world.

The severe drought in California was proof that water needs to be used more wisely. As the years went on, our water use continued to increase, whether that was for personal needs or working needs continuing the drought. California drained about 125 million acre-feet of groundwater between 1920 and 2013 (Halverson). That being just groundwater should be a big shock factor to not only Californians but other parts of the world, too, because it could happen there too. Although the drought was a significant factor in all this water drained, and now it will take a least 50 years for the Central Valley's aquifers to naturally refill (Halverson), we need to be careful everywhere with how much water we are using and how we are actually using it. The aquifers recharge themselves as rainfall and streamflow seep into the unpaved ground (Dimick), but because of the drought, this was not possible. As the drought continued on, the water supplies for people and farming started to shrink, making it difficult to have other resources as well. Being from California, it was difficult to keep the front and backyard nice. The cities put limits on water, so there were set days to water grass and cars. I would agree with the article by Dennis Dimick when he mentions that Californians know little about their groundwater sup...

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