Water and the Central Coast’s wine problem

Outlet: Los Angeles Times

September 1, 2013

In recent decades, the Central Coast of California has become one of the state’s most important wine-producing regions. But at what cost? Until recently, most ranchers and farmers in this part of California embraced dry farming practices, raising crops irrigated solely by rain. The crops that were dry farmed, including barley and hay, were then used by the area’s cattle ranches. Water, drawn from an aquifer, was understood by everyone to be a precious shared resource.