Drip-irrigated lemon #orchards on the eastern edge of San Bernardino County in #California. The company Cadiz owns 34000 acres in the Mojave Desert with billions of gallons of fresh water locked deep below the sagebrush-dotted land. But it will take at least another $200 million for Cadiz to dig dozens of wells filter the water and then move it 43 miles across the desert through a new pipeline before thirsty Southern Californians can drink a drop. Over the last decade revenue from the lemon…
This desert in the Southwest is experiencing a wildflower ‘superbloom’
Now in its third year, the state’s record-breaking drought is being felt in many ways: vanishing lakes and rivers, lost agricultural jobs, fallowed farmland, rising water bills, suburban yards gone brown.
PHOTO: Tires that were once under water are now exposed above the water line at the defunct Echo Bay Marina in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, May 19, 2016. Lake Meads surface was at its lowest level Wednesday since the reservoir was created.