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Why California Can Have Healthy Farming Even as Water Supply Diminshes

Posted By babyaqua in Planning and Management

The Pacific Institute has just released a major new study that shows that a strong and healthy California agricultural sector can flourish despite diminishing water supply and future uncertainty from climate change, but only if new steps are taken to significantly increase the efficiency of water use in California fields. The good news is that many farmers and irrigation districts are already making improvements in how they use water. The better news is that there is still tremendous untapped potential - potential that totals millions of acre-feet. The report also offers explicit policy and water management changes to capture this potential.

The new report, Sustaining California Agriculture in an Uncertain Future (funded by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation), quantifies the potential to reduce agricultural water withdrawals and vulnerability to drought and climate change while maintaining and even increasing productivity. -

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