California’s farmers markets—some of the most enviable in the nation—are increasingly bare, illustrating the state’s ongoing drought despite recent rains. Many farmers are resting their land and taking time off.
An Indian tribe’s lawsuit in federal court could potentially add more complexity to managing California’s dwindling water supply.
The Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability, a Fresno-based advocacy organization seeks a court order requiring the city of Tulare to supply water to the Matheny Tract community, a 300-home rural subdivision south of the city.
With the national shift from coal to natural gas, the energy industry is using less water to cool power plants, according to Climate Central, which tracks international research on climate change.
California farmers’ surface water allocations were cut drastically this summer due to ongoing drought conditions. Now, farmers with water rights dating back to 1903 face water restrictions; last time farmers faced such restrictions was in 1977, according to the New York Times.