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California’s ongoing drought has forced state authorities to drastically cut water allocations for farmers, even to zero, while water transfers have delayed. As a result, farmers have had to abandon crops that require too much water, like almonds. Despite the USDA making projections for a record almond season, growers like Fowler Brothers Farm in Snelling, CA, tore up 600 acres of their almond orchard in order to make room for crops that require less water.
A Tough Nut to Crack: State water regulations have been particularly severe for farmers — Governor Gavin Newsom drafted an order that would keep thousands of farmers from using water from nearby rivers. Meanwhile, in San Joaquin Valley, farmers were only allocated 5% of water from federal sources.
Though this decision has been made to protect the state’s salmon, who need the water to survive, farmers are worried about what this means for their own survival.
The U.S. Air Force has finally learned enough information to begin cleaning up a jet fuel leak from Albuquerque’s drinking water supply. The Kirtland Air Force Base plans to write and submit a report to the New Mexico Environmental Department before the agency can approve and make recommendations for cleanup. This comes as a relief […]
by Jessica Grannis We’re in the dog days of summer now, and lots of folks are headed to the beach to make up for lost time since the pandemic began. My favorite part of traveling to the coast from DC is watching my surroundings slowly turn from urban areas to the forests of the coastal […]
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer The West is currently in the middle of a severe drought, and Lake Powell, the region’s second-largest reservoir, is at its lowest level in decades. The lake, located on the Colorado River, is effectively a human-made storage basin that keeps the regional water supply in balance under the 100-year-old […]
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