California Drought: website_drought_lkm_017

Darcy Vlot, 35, left, serves salad to her daughters Kasey, 3, left, and Carsyn, 3, as her two other daughters Rylee, 6, back left, and Makenna, 8, back right, play around in their home July 23, 2014 in Chowchilla, Calif. Most Central Valley farmers received no more than a 5 percent water allotment this season from government water sources, leaving many farmers with no choice but to pump ground water to keep their businesses afloat. The practice of pumping ground water is not new, says Case Vlot, 43, a dairy farmer who started Vlot Brother's Dairy and Calf Ranch with his brother from nothing in the 90's in Chowchilla. The difference, he says, is that today the population has increased significantly and {quote}water storage is the same as it was in the 1960's.” Locals have discovered the ground in the area is sinking, due to excessive groundwater pumping.

Darcy Vlot, 35, left, serves salad to her daughters Kasey, 3, left, and Carsyn, 3, as her two other daughters Rylee, 6, back left, and Makenna, 8, back right, play around in their home July 23, 2014 in Chowchilla, Calif. Most Central Valley farmers received no more than a 5 percent water allotment this season from government water sources, leaving many farmers with no choice but to pump ground water to keep their businesses afloat. The practice of pumping ground water is not new, says Case Vlot, 43, a dairy farmer who started Vlot Brother's Dairy and Calf Ranch with his brother from nothing in the 90's in Chowchilla. The difference, he says, is that today the population has increased significantly and "water storage is the same as it was in the 1960's.” Locals have discovered the ground in the area is sinking, due to excessive groundwater pumping.