NASA Now Working with California Department of Water Resources to Help Manage & Monitor Water Crisis

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Why Farmers Need Water in California

Farmers in California’s Central Valley, the world’s most productive agricultural region, will get none of the water they requested this year from a federally controlled system because of the drought.

The U.S. Interior Department’s Bureau of Reclamation said last week it won’t be able to deliver any of the more than 2.4 million acre-feet of water sought by farmers, according to AG Web.

A state-controlled system last month said it, too, wouldn’t be able to deliver any of the 4 million acre-feet of water sought by local agencies

The result will hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland die, boosting food prices across the U.S. and leaving farm workers jobless.

How NASA Can Help

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…

NASA scientists said they are also embarking on projects that use satellite images to help more accurately measure the number of fields farmers have chosen not to plant and where land is sinking because of excessive ground-water pumping.

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