Congressman Valadao said, "We feed the world and all we ask for is a reliable, clean water supply. I will remind the President that my constituents are part of the environment too, and the lack of a long-term solution could spell economic and social destruction for the Central Valley.”
Discover where gallons of water are going per person, per day, not including agriculture usage, with this informative chart.
What if California suddenly lost its massive agricultural ability to feed the U.S. and the world? What impact would this have on consumer choices and food prices?
News reporter, Aubrey Bettencourt interviews in San Diego regarding the current drought in California.
The California Department of Water Resources has now partnered with NASA to use the space agency's satellite data and other airborne technology to better measure the snowpack, groundwater levels and predict storms.
“Cutting edge research holds the key to tackling the complex challenges posed by prolonged drought and ensuring the future food security of our nation,” said Secretary Vilsack.
"... Agricultural exports soared to $136.3 billion last year, producing a net trade surplus of $42 billion; this surplus was $5 billion five years ago.” – The New York Times
The federal Central Valley Project made an unprecedented irrigation forecast -- zero water this summer for 3 million acres in the Central Valley at the heart of the state's $44 billion farm industry.
Federal officials said many farmers caught in California's drought will receive no irrigation water this year from a vast system of rivers, canals and reservoirs interlacing the state. Experts said the lack of water means your grocery bill is going to go up ... a lot.