Posted by: Jan | June 26, 2015

California’s Drought Is Part of a Much Bigger Water Crisis


Great article.

Interesting points:
“Arcane laws actually encourage farmers to take even more water from the Colorado River and from California’s rivers than they actually need, and federal subsidies encourage farmers to plant some of the crops that use the most water.”

“There is enough water in the West‚ [but] there are all kinds of agriculture efficiencies that have not been put into place.'”

“California uses 1/3 of the Colorado River water – more than any other state.”

“Some of the biggest “water hogs,” are meat and dairy. If every American ate meat one less day a week, it could save as much water as flows through the Colorado River in an entire year.”

Read it all: http://www.propublica.org/article/california-drought-colorado-river-water-crisis-explained

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