The image below shows huge swaths of fallowed farmland in Westlands Water District as a result of water supply cuts.  Unemployment in parts of the Valley reached 41 percent in August, according to the Fresno County Employment Development Department.  NASA images published recently show similar conditions as far south as Bakersfield.  It is estimated that 400,000 acres of farmland lie unplanted this year with the resulting economic impacts on the Valley’s rural communities.   High resolution version: (4 MB) click HERE.


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