TEACHERS: Current events podcasts for the classroom!

Learn More
5875785458 47239dc173 z

Image licensed under CC BY 2.0

Current Event February 2, 2017

Storing Rain Underground


California has been in a severe drought since 2014. It’s underground aquifers, which are permeable rocks that can hold groundwater are dry. During recent droughts, farmers pumped groundwater to irrigate their crops, which dropped the water table and drained the aquifers. In the Sierra Nevada Mountains, they are also getting less snow and more rain, which just runs into the ocean. Farmers are now experimenting with water management and ways to store excess water. With some recent heavy rains, rivers all over the state flooded and some farmers flooded their fields, letting the water seep deep into the ground to refill the aquifers. Listen to hear about ways to catch and store rainfall to help farmers.

Agriculture Weather and Climate

Story Length: 4:19

Listen to the Story:

SOURCE:

National Public Radio © 2017 National Public Radio, Inc. Used with the permission of NPR. All rights reserved.

AIR DATE: 01/12/2017


Want to hear the story and see the teaching resources?

  • Access to full library of lessons
  • Daily current events
  • Listening comprehension questions
  • Graphic Organizers
Learn More