Farmers Praised in Article
American has published a story on how over pumping threatens to deplete the U.S.
High Plains groundwater aquifer. In the story, the writer Erin Brodwin mentions
Central California agriculture and how farmers are conserving water. The
following is a quick comment on the story from the California Farm Water
Coalition in Sacramento
important to note that San Joaquin Valley farmers, contrary to statements made
in this article, do not use water from the Colorado River basin to irrigate
article is correct, however, in describing the enormous increase in water use
efficiency achieved by San Joaquin Valley farmers. Since 2003 more than $2.1
billion has been invested in upgrading irrigation systems on more than 1.8
million acres. One of the results of that kind of investment is that crop
production has increased more than 89 percent on about the same amount of applied
water per acre in years past.
Labels: California Farm Water Coalition, Central Valley Farmers, drip irrigation, Erin Brodwin, Scientific American