We've hit another first with this epic drought -- the Department of Water Resources announced that for the first time in its 54-year history, the State Water Project will stop deliveries to the local agencies that supply 25 million customers, and to 750,000 acres of farmland.
It's called "zero water allocation", and if that sounds awfully academic, then check out this recent Market Report from Good Food, KCRW's great food show. The farmers talk to Laura Avery about running out of water, not being able to grow food, about losing crops to the wildlife being starved out of the barren hills. It starts at the 18-minute mark, and is followed by a discussion of the Ridiculously Resilient Ridge, the 13-month dry weather pattern Grace Peng has been writing about here on LAO.
"We've never seen anything like this," says Dawn Kantor of Flora Bella Farms in Three Rivers, just east of Visalia. "If we don't get rain, we don't know how we're going to grow food."
Nothing academic about that at all.
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