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California Water Board OKs 35-Year plan to tackle farm pollution


October 28, 2019
By Nick Cahill, Courthouse News Service

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With brown, silty streams pouring from the kitchen sinks of California’s Central Valley, thousands of farmworkers and residents have become habitual buyers and users of bottled water.

The water crisis, largely caused by runoff from farms and dairies, spurred lawmakers earlier this year to dedicate $1.3 billion to improve drinking water supplies. A decade in the making, regulators on Wednesday approved new rules that will require the agricultural industry and others to shield nitrates and salt from seeping into groundwater supplies. | READ MORE