acre-foot: Aquafornia Water Word of the Week
According to the Aquapedia entry, “An acre-foot of water equals about 326,000 gallons, or enough water to cover an acre of land 1 foot deep. To put it another way, an acre-foot of water is enough to flood a football field 1-foot deep (a football field is roughly an acre in size).”
For more information, the Water Education Foundation has a number of publications referencing acre-feet, including the “Layperson’s Guide to California Water,” “Layperson’s Guide to the Central Valley Project” and “Layperson’s Guide to the State Water Project.” There is also the report by the Pacific Institute, “California’s Next Million Acre-Feet: Saving Water, Energy, and Money,” published in 2010.
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