Water, Nuts and the Nation’s Fruit Bowl: California’s Central Valley Hydrologic Science” is the topic of a free public lecture given by USGS hydrologist Claudia Faunts on November 20, 2014 at 7:00 pm. Faunts, who recently appeared on 60 Minutes, will address these issues:
- Using about 1% of the U.S. farmland, California’s Central Valley supplies 7% of the U.S. agricultural output (by value) – 14 of the nation’s food supply, including about half of the nation’s fruits, nuts, and vegetables.
- Approximately 20% of the nation’s groundwater is pumped from the Central Valley aquifer system.
- The recent drought, land-use chafes, and restrictions on surface-water flows have resulted in extensive pumping, large groundwater-level declines, and widespread land subsidence.
The free lecture will take place at the USGS in Menlo Park, Bldg 3, Auditorium, 345 Middlefield Road.