Water: We need it, the cows need it, the crops need it. Where do we get it from?
Think of Central Valley, California — an incredibly large agricultural area in the middle of a state, which is vital to the Calif. economy, but not exactly known for its regular and heavy rainfall. Our crops and our cattle require enormous volumes of water to be transported to this area from the wetter North and the snowpack in the East. And these enormous volumes of water require enormous quantities of energy to get them to their final destination.
Water and energy: intrinsically linked, and both incredibly important for the future of our planet.
We start a new series of podcasts on water issues with groundwater expert Professor Thomas Harter, from UC Davis. In this first interview we discuss general water issues for California. In the following two podcasts, we speak with Thomas about his new groundwater quality project on the Hanford dairy farm owned by the Longfellow brothers, George and Bill.