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The Implications of Agricultural Water for the Central Valley

A recent study commissioned by the Westlands Water District highlights the importance of agriculture in the Central Valley region particularly as it relates to the local, regional, and state economies. With more water, the regional economy will thrive; with less water, businesses and families, and the overall community will feel a crushing economic burden.

The Implications of Agricultural Water for the Central Valley
By Dr. Michael A. Shires

Economic Impact Infographic

Westlands Economic Study Fact Sheet

September 29, 2017 – Orange County Register
Water policy leaves California vulnerable
Dr. Michael Shires, a professor at Pepperdine University, discusses why people in Southern California and Orange County should care if water is not available to the Central Valley and agricultural production.

The Economic Impact of Westlands Water District

A new report commissioned by the Westlands Water District, the largest agricultural water district in the nation, confirms that water supply restrictions are reducing farm production and impacting communities dependent on agriculture. “The Central Valley Project is broken, and the management of state water resources is putting pressure on the region,” said Johnny Amaral, Deputy General Manager for the Westlands Water District.

The Economic Impact of Westlands Water District
By Dr. Michael A. Shires

Economic Impact Infographic

October 12, 2016 – Fresno Bee
Westland’s farmers major contributors to Valley economy, report says

Mayor Sylvia Chavez video testimony