11 Apr '11, 9pm

Big Ag demands right to pollute California’s Central Valley

Big Ag demands right to pollute California’s Central Valley

A Central Valley field. Photo: calwest The Los Angeles Times details a brewing skirmish over agricultural runoff being fought in California's Central Valley. At issue are proposed regulations that would for the first time force farmers to address fertilizer and pesticide runoff from their fields. A group of environmental organizations is pushing for the regulations, as the L.A. Times reports: "Runoff from irrigated agriculture is the largest source of pollution to Central Valley waterways and the Delta," said the Sierra Club, the Center for Biological Diversity, the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance and more than 70 other state and local groups in a joint statement. "This pollution is one of the principal causes of the collapse of Central Valley fisheries. "Inexplicably, irrigated agriculture remains exempt from requirements to monitor discharges and identify mea...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/industrial-agriculture/2011-04-11-bi...

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