Drought Impact Study: California Agriculture Faces Greatest Water Loss Ever Seen

California is encountering its most severe drought on record this year. The UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences recently conducted a study that found that the drought “is responsible for the greatest water loss ever seen in California agriculture.” It goes on, stating unceremoniously that river water for Central Valley farms has been “reduced by roughly one-third.” To combat such drought, officials choose more and more to deplete groundwater reserves. With California being the producer of nearly half of U.S. –grown fruits, nuts and vegetables and nearly a quarter of the nation’s milk and cream, its agriculture must be closely and efficiently managed, so that it may continue to play its vital role in American agriculture for generations to come.

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