Stormwater floods the 5-acre almond orchard of Modesto farmer Nick Blom in an experiment to restore the drought-depleted aquifer on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in Modesto, Calif. If the water was not diverted to the Blom farm, the stormwater would flow into the Tuolumne River.
Stormwater floods the 5-acre almond orchard of Modesto farmer Nick Blom in an experiment to restore the drought-depleted aquifer on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in Modesto, Calif. If the water was not diverted to the Blom farm, the stormwater would flow into the Tuolumne River. Paul Kitagaki Jr. pkitagaki@sacbee.com
Stormwater floods the 5-acre almond orchard of Modesto farmer Nick Blom in an experiment to restore the drought-depleted aquifer on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in Modesto, Calif. If the water was not diverted to the Blom farm, the stormwater would flow into the Tuolumne River. Paul Kitagaki Jr. pkitagaki@sacbee.com

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