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Central Valley almond grower calls on state govt to increase water storage

The devastating drought is continuing to ravage California’s Central Valley. Farmer Joe Del Bosque from West Fresno County says he's never seen it like this. Last week, Del Bosque took to social media to highlight the impact of the water crisis in his state.

According to Del Bosque, the majority of the world's almonds come from the Central Valley and it takes water to grow these crops, but Del Bosque says there's no reliable water supply. Removing the trees in the orchard was his last resort, and Del Bosque says if they had more water, then they could have lived years longer. But now, he and his colleagues are being forced to pluck their decades-old investment from the ground.

Del Bosque says they've done everything to be efficient with their water. He says every orchard and field has water-saving technology. But that's not enough. Now, he's calling on lawmakers to increase their water storage to be able to save more water in the future.

"The state needs to step up," he said. "It isn't just farmers that are in the situation. There are actually cities that are on the brink of not having enough water."


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