Socio-economic impacts of land retirement in Westlands Water District
Westlands Water District (Westlands, or the District) in California includes more than 560,000 irrigated acres of diversified crops on some of the most productive soil in the world. Land retirement has been proposed as a solution to two serious problems confronting the District: inadequate drainage on lands overlying shallow groundwater, and insufficient and increasingly unreliable water supply. Large portions of the west side of the San Joaquin Valley are affected by salinity and drainage problems. This affected area includes approximately 300,000 acres of the District's farmland. The U.S. ...
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