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Up to 1 million acres of productive farmland will be permanently fallowed in the San Joaquin Valley.

Mar 09, 2020

A new report by University of California, Berkeley shows that "the California economy will suffer unless responsible, balanced water reforms are enacted in the effort to achieve groundwater sustainability goals in the San Joaquin Valley."  Here are some of the findings:

1.  Up to 1 million acres of productive farmland will be permanently fallowed in the San Joaquin Valley, representing one-fifth of all acres

2.  California stands to permanently lose as many as 85,000 full-time jobs and $2.1 billion in employee wages.

3.  Tax revenue for local and state government is expected to be approximately $535 million per year, based on $242 million in lost city and county tax revenue and $293 million in lost tax revenue at the state level. 

4.  The annual farm revenue loss is $7.2 billion per year, or roughly 14 percent of California’s total farm production.

This is all happening because of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) which mandates that for every you take out of the ground you must replace with an equal back into the ground.  That might sound very nice and easy, but when environmentalist policies take more and more surface water out of the Central Valley we don't have enough water to replace what's taken out for farming.  

To see how much water has been taken out of the Central Valley, CLICK HERE.

To see the full report, click on the link below.


Blueprint Economic Impact Analysis: Phase One Results

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