"Groundwater being pumped into an irrigation canal at a farm outside of #Alpaugh, #California, #USA on June 16, 2014.
Since the drought caused most farmers in the southern part of the Central Valley to lose access to #water delivered to them from the distant north, they’ve resorted to pumping #groundwater, causing alarm over the rapid depletion of aquifers and leading to land subsidence at a rate that has not been seen since the ‘50s.
After traveling more than 2,000 miles across California, it’s clear that the state’s drought is mired in paradox with decades of water mismanagement and regional fighting. While cities – some of which never installed water meters – struggle to convince its dwellers to conserve, agriculture consumes 80% of California’s water.
For the next week I’ll share photos I gathered from this road trip while on assignment for @msnbcphoto
Photo by @balazsgardi
#watercrisis #complexemergency #drought #centralvalley #environment #agriculture @azdarya #everydayUSA
For the complete photo essay “California Drought Creates Grim Ripple Effect” go to www.msnbc.com/photography”