Irrigated cropland diminishes California water supply

12/15/2009 | Reuters

California's Central Valley may face a diminishing water supply due to heavy agricultural use, as the region is home to almost 17% of the country's irrigated cropland. The state's two largest river basins have lost more than 30 cubic kilometers of water since 2003, according to researchers. Meanwhile, the state's aquifers are being depleted faster than rainwater can replenish them.

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