UC study provides look at consequences from water shortages

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Below is a statement by Mike Wade, Executive Director of the California Farm Water Coalition.   An updated study released today by the California Department of Food and Agriculture and the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences provides a glimpse of the consequences of water supply shortages for the state of California. These effects will […]

June 12, 2014 Drought Fact Sheet

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This new fact sheet from the CFWC provides an update on impacts of the 2014 drought. The impacts of the 2014 drought are likely to be much worse than in 2009 – with socio-economic impacts up to 50% more severe.

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May 22, 2014 Drought Fact Sheet

2014 Drought Update 5-22-2014

On May 19, 2014, UC Davis released a preliminary drought economic impacts report that projects 410,000 acres of fallowed farmland, 14,500 job losses and a $1.7 billion hit to California’s agricultural economy.

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UPDATE 5/19/14: UC economic report reveals significant impacts caused by drought

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“A University of California, Davis economic study that estimates a $1.67 billion loss to agriculture and ag-related industries in the Central Valley will result in a $3.4 billion hit to the state’s economy, based on widely used economic models. The negative effects of the ongoing drought on our farms will create a ripple effect throughout […]

3/18/14: Estimate of unplanted acres jumps to 800,000; consumers expected to feel impacts

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The California Farm Water Coalition has upgraded its estimate of acres farmers will leave idle this year to 800,000 acres, up from 500,000, because of a lack of water.

“Farmers are still waiting to the last minute to determine their planting schedules this year in hopes that the water situation will improve,” said Mike Wade, Coalition Executive Director. “But if dry conditions continue the number of unplanted acres will go up and as each day passes the prospects of returning to a normal water year evaporates.”

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2/21/14: Zero Allocation Result of Drought, Broken Water Supply System

This project includes the development of additional water that can be used for irrigation and wildlife enhancement purposes and to improve groundwater recharge in the area.

“Today’s announcement by the Bureau of Reclamation of a zero water allocation for millions of acres of California farmland was not unexpected. The announcement also underscores how broken the state’s water supply system has become and that significant policy decisions and investments must be made to assure food production is a viable part of California’s future.

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