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Paying Too Little

May 12, 2019

Are Santa Clara Valley farmers paying too little for precious water?  “The water that irrigates Santa Clara Valley’s last farms comes dirt cheap for growers who pump it out of the ground.  They pay just a fraction — 6 percent — of the amount residents and businesses in the valley must pony up for their well water. The rest of the cost for farmers’ water is subsidized, mostly from revenue the Santa Clara Valley Water District receives through property taxes.  The water subsidies have been around for decades, justified as a way to help out farmers eking out a living and prevent more agricultural land from disappearing into pavement and buildings. ... ”  Read more from the San Jose Mercury News here:  Are Santa Clara Valley farmers paying too little for precious water? 

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