Drought Could Affect Imperial Valley's Vegetable Output

11 Feb

Southern California’s Imperial Valley produces about 80 percent of the nation’s winter vegetables. But years of drought, and a population boom in the Southwest, now threaten the water supply in the desert region – and all those cheap winter greens. The Imperial Dam shunts water from the Colorado River 82 miles through a canal, across the desert to Imperial Valley Farms, but when the dam was built, the region was in the midst of the wettest period of the past millennium, and the Colorado River was mighty. Now, after eleven years of drought, it could mean trouble for Imperial farmers. Soon, there may not be enough water to go around and still make the desert bloom. That could bring an end to the area’s days of growing sweet corn, onions, lettuce, carrots, cauliflower and broccoli.

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