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Irrigation wastewater may be answer to damaged soils

Coalition response…This story reflects the work of farmers, local water districts, certain environmental groups, and state and federal agencies to resolve the runoff of certain minerals from nearly 100,000 acres in the Grasslands Drainage Area south of Los Banos. From 1995 to 2010, the drainage of selenium from the soils to the San Joaquin River was decreased by 87% and the reduced amounts for salt and boron were 72% and 64% respectively.

It is important to realize that none of the farm water drainage from these lands ever flowed into the Kesterson Reservoir.

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