The drought in California is serious for the fourth year in a row.
NPR reports that in the Sacramento Delta, farmers aren’t facing a water shortage; instead, canals lining the fields and wells are still providing water. The Sacramento Delta is fed by two of California’s largest rivers: the Sacramento River and the San Joaquin River. In California’s Central Valley to the south, though, the water supply is scarce.
It’s been the tradition for years to allow farmers in the Delta “senior” rights to the water, but that system is being challenged this year.
More about the California drought:
- Drought prompts northern California farmers to sell water instead of plant crops March 24, 2015
- Needed: 11 trillion gallons of water to replenish California’s drought Dec. 23, 2014
- Mathematicians help California drought-weary berry growers address water issues Sept. 6, 2014
- Drought forces Western U.S. to use underground water supply July 27, 2014
- Why are conditions so dry in California? Feb. 28, 2014
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