Drought Impact Study: California Agriculture Faces Greatest Water Loss Ever Seen

Outlet: University of California, Davis

July 15, 2014

A new report from the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences shows that California agriculture is weathering its worst drought in decades due to groundwater reserves, but the nation’s produce basket may come up dry in the future if it continues to treat those reserves like an unlimited savings account. The study updates estimates on the drought’s effects on Central Valley farm production, presents new data on the state’s coastal & southern farm areas, & forecasts the drought’s economic fallout through 2016.