Jenkins, Matt
January 2010
High Country News;1/18/2010, Vol. 42 Issue 1, p12
The article explores the challenges faced by industrial-strength farmers of the Westlands Water District in San Joaquin Valley, California during a period when there is drought. One of the problems encountered by the farmers in Westlands has something to do with the Endangered Species Act, which protects smelt and other fish that are affected by pumping operations in the area. Other factors affecting Westlands farmers are the selenium-soaked soil that should have not been farmed and the invention of deep-well pumps. It is suggested that irrigation district like Westlands must discourage selling of waters to other cities to lessen its water crisis during drought seasons.


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