|By Mark Grossi, The Fresno Bee|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Nature just dealt
But this city of a half million -- the fifth largest in
It's not all good news. The Valley's underground water basins are overdrafted and shrinking, a decades-long source of concern throughout this region. But groundwater remains a deep and enormous supply that still withstands a crisis.
"It's a big resource," said
In contrast, lawns will turn brown, plants will die and authorities will cruise the streets this summer to enforce an outdoor watering ban in
Outside of the Valley,
In another coastal city,
Which means nature stashes
Each acre-foot is about 326,000 gallons of water, or enough for an average Valley family for 12 to 18 months.
The state has a startling estimate for groundwater volume beneath the 1.1 million acres of the
That figure dwarfs
But underground water is not a bottomless resource, water leaders say.