Groundwater Salinity Impacting California Almonds | Growing Produce
Millions of years ago, the Central Valley was an inland sea, and sharks were swimming through Bakersfield. Eventually, that inland sea receded and fresh water from snowpack, floodwaters and estuaries began displacing the salty water in the area’s aquifer, pushing it out toward the west, explains Blake Sanden, farm advisor with the Kern County Cooperative Extension. Now almond growers – particularly those on the west side of the Valley, who are relying more heavily on groundwater irrigation – are dealing with the ramifications of saline water.
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