Water Issues

Water Issues


Many farmers are having issues watering our crops with the decrease in our water supply. Many cities are claiming that farmers can't use water from certain freshwater rivers and reservoirs for multiple reasons. The first being that endanger species of fish and wildlife are residents of one particular area and in order to not make certain species go extinct farmers may not use this water for their crops. The second reason being that big cities claim they need more water than previous years due to rising populations.

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Team Water

About the Problem

Problem Category


How did you identify this problem?

I identified this problem because I was born and raised on a cherry farm where my parents and grandparents have farmed the land for more than 20 years. Every year one of our biggest issues is making sure we will have access to water year round. This last year we built and underground well because we were not certain our canal would allow us to use as much is necessary.

Problem Details

Who are those affected by this problem?

Those who are effected by this problem are farmers and ranchers, being they are the ones who need to use water the most because they provide our food supply.

How often does this problem occur?

This is an everyday problem for not just my family but everyone who is trying to make a living by farming and growing crops.

How long has the problem been going on?

This problem has been going on now for almost 15 ever since California has been in a drought.

Is the problem disrupting the community? How?

The problem goes both ways, if farmers don't get water we will be sent into a food shortage with a growing population that will hit 9 billion people by 2050. If the water goes to the farmers the cities will complain the environment will be at stake and they will not have as much for its residents.

Is the issue perceived as a problem by the community at large?

This is an issue that makes headlines all the time and many people are very aware of California's situation.

Is the problem limited to certain geographic areas?

Yes the problem is limited to certain geographical areas as this only affects California.

Who are the Stakeholders, those wanting this problem to be fixed?

The Stakeholders are the men and women who strive to put food on the table everyday and those who farm crops.

Addressing the Problem

Are you aware of any solutions, approaches, or efforts to tackle this problem?

Many people have already proposed numerous solutions, however every time they are proposed in congress they are always ruled out by a majority vote. There are many campaigns here in the central valley however they have done little to nothing as the states government will not allow it.

What are the obstacles you are aware of to address the problem?

The obstacles are that with every proposition of a solution there are always people who will not agree with the method.

What are the success criteria that could be defined to address this problem?

In order to be sucessful I believe that solution is to educate more people on the real issue that is at hand, and that is that everybody should have three meals a day and with only 1% of people in the United States claim to be farmers how are we going to feed a growing population if we don't have the water that is necessary.