Salinity Of The Central Valley : A Critical Problem

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Salinity in the central valley: A critical problem The Water Education Foundation published an article on excess salinity that is in the water here in the valley. Our bodies need some salt to absorb water to be able to survive. Too much intake of salt can be a problem, and that is what is happening here in the Central Valley. “Excess salinity – that which is greater than the standard set to protect beneficial uses – poses a growing threat to food production and drinking water quality.” If there is no solution to the problem, it means that California will lose significant portions of prime agricultural land which provides food for the state, the nation and throughout the world. In a March 2009 study, The Economic Impacts of Central Valley Salinity, the University of California, Davis reported that if salinity increases at the current rate until 2030, the direct annual costs will range from $1 billion to $1.5 billion, with income impacts to the Central Valley between $1.2 billion and $2.2 billion. Farmers have taken the initiative and pursuing innovative management and treatment techniques and adapting by studying salt-tolerant crops. The cities are also educating residents about their role in the problem and what they can do to reduce the amount of salt they contribute to the water. As the population grows, it will always be a pending thought if the new residents will worsen the problem or help create a solution to it. The Central Valley Water Board and others are working
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