Modesto farmer Nick Blom stands in his 5-acre almond orchard intentionally flooded with stormwater as an experiment to restore the 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.
Modesto farmer Nick Blom stands in his 5-acre almond orchard intentionally flooded with stormwater as an experiment to restore the 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
Modesto farmer Nick Blom stands in his 5-acre almond orchard intentionally flooded with stormwater as an experiment to restore the 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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