13 Mar '12, 4pm

Tapped out: Water in California’s farm country is dangerously polluted, by @twyspy

Tapped out: Water in California’s farm country is dangerously polluted, by @twyspy

There is ample evidence that nitrates from synthetic fertilizer pollute the water in California’s farm communities. (We’ve reported on the impact this pollution has on the state’s rural communities here , here , and here ). But a new report released by the University of California-Davis proves the problem is much worse than anyone may have suspected. The report’s scientists measured the nitrate pollution in the water in two parts of California’s Central Valley (the Tulare Lake Basin, which includes Fresno and Bakersfield, and the Salinas Valley). Not surprisingly, it’s an area that’s home to four of the nation’s five biggest farming counties. UC Davis is under contract with the California State Water Resources Control Board to conduct an independent investigation and report on the findings and potential solutions. The water table in the area is so polluted with nitrates th...

Full article: http://grist.org/industrial-agriculture/tapped-out-water-...

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