A struggle over water rights has led to a carrot boycott in California’s Cuyama Valley north of Santa Barbara. The cause of contention is groundwater rights.
California has just seen a first for nearly 50 years: plans to begin construction of a new reservoir that, when completed, will add 1.5 million acre-feet to the state’s water storage capacities per year.
U.S. and Mexico tensions are rising because of the latter’s failure to fulfill a treaty for sending water to the Rio Grande Valley.
The New York Times has run some features this week on groundwater depletion in the United States. Their central message is undeniable.
Debates about exactly what constitute “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) for regulatory purposes will probably never end, and maybe they shouldn’t.
The California water picture has gotten enormous amounts of attention from both the agricultural press and the general media, but most of this has focused on the San Joaquin Valley and the Yuma Valley on the Arizona border. The Salinas Valley, the “nation’s salad bowl,” has water issues of its own, but they are very different.
Groundwater depletion has been an acknowledged fact in California for decades, but for a long time it was stuffed into a thick file labeled “Something Somebody Oughta Do Something About Sometime.”
The big news of the day—at least in agricultural circles—is the long-awaited May 25 Supreme Court ruling in the highly publicized Sackett v. EPA suit, limiting Waters of the United States (WOTUS) regulation by the Environmental Protection Agency.
One of the most confusing things about present-day dilemmas is that each solution to a problem leads to a different set of problems. Particularly when it comes to technology.
Of late much of the media conversation about water use has focused on California, but Texas, with its own multiyear drought, faces similar pressures.