California farmers impacted by the water crisis

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With California in a historic drought, businesses that rely heavily on water are scrambling for alternative sources. Farmers use 80 percent of the state’s water. And they are literally digging deep to keep their crops from drying up.
But this is posing bigger, long-term problems.

CCTV-America’s May Lee files the report from California’s Central Valley.
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California farmers impacted by the water crisis

California farmers impacted by the water crisis

With California in a historic drought, businesses that rely heavily on water are scrambling for alternative sources. Farmers use 80 percent of the state's water. And they are literally digging deep to keep their crops from drying up. But this is posing bigger, long-term problems. CCTV-America's May Lee files the report from California's Central Valley.

Highlights:

  • No official guidelines on pumping In the Central Valley, where the majority of California’s agriculture is grown. Whoever owns the land is allowed to pump as much groundwater as they want.
  • According to UCLA’s Stephanie Pincetl, groundwater basins in LA are managed under strict guidelines.