California’s largest agricultural region, the San Joaquin Valley, is facing numerous challenges to its groundwater supply, including overdraft and contamination, according to a new study that explores threats to overall sustainability in the region.
West Sacramento, Calif. — In the quarter ending Dec. 31, 2018, Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) closed 22 loans totaling nearly $8 million to support rural communities in Alaska, California, Idaho, New Mexico and Washington.
California’s most recent drought started in 2010, and since then, an estimated 147 million trees have died from the dry conditions and bark beetle infestations, a federal count shows.
California’s new governor, Gavin Newsom, has made housing one of the cornerstones of his agenda, but an academic report says that limited zoned land will make that goal hard to achieve.
The federal government has asked the governors of seven Western states that draw water from the Colorado River to finally draft a drought contingency plan. This follows an earlier order to do so, but California and Arizona have been unable to complete the task.