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the natural and human environments.

Viewing Drought Impacts in the Central Valley
Rows of dead trees across the dry Central Valley may evoke images of the Dust Bowl for some folks on the Water Education Foundation drought tour. Participants got a first-hand view of the devastating effects and impacts of the drought on water systems, businesses and communities. The two-day tour this week included stops at Millerton Lake, diversified cropping operations, dairy and beef cattle operations, Porterville’s drought-impacted communities, land subsidence areas near the California Aqueduct and municipal diversions for Coalinga and Huron. Speakers included DWR Deputy Drought Manager Jeanine Jones, DWR Engineering Geologist John Kirk and DWR Drought Operations Chief Laura Peters.

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