25 Sep '11, 9am

USDA Invests in California Watershed

USDA Invests in California Watershed

California is home to epic water rights battles, including one between farmers and environmentalists over use of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Environmentalists claim the health of the Delta is threatened by overdraft. One of the threats facing the Mokelumne River, which starts high in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and flows into the Delta, is overdraft. The Mokelumne River provides water for the 1.4 million people in California’s East Bay. The Mokelumne River also provides water to irrigate over 800,000 acres of crops in the Central San Joaquin Valley. It is only fitting that the Mokelumne Watershed Environmental Benefits Program received a $372,000 Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) last month from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Full article: http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/09/californias-mokelumne...

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