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Drought


Found in: science, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

California is the largest agricultural producing state in the country, producing 11% of the total U.S. agricultural value, and is one of the world’s most productive farming regions. Almost all almonds, olives, and walnuts grown in the United States come from the Central Valley. Yet, California is in its fifth year of drought and the resulting crop, livestock, and dairy losses will mean rising food prices for the rest of the country. Lack of water in the Central Valley could also cost 21,000 jobs. The following lessons, activities, and resources stress the importance of wise water use and suggest smart water habits.

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