California’s water system has become too salty to use in some places as the seemingly everlasting California drought continues.
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Once again, California has had an incredibly dry year which means less freshwater flows down from the mountains into the Sacramento River. The Sacramento River is the largest in the state, and the lack of flow has allowed the saltier water from the ocean to push further into the state’s main water hub, the Delta. The Delta supplies water to two-thirds of California’s 39 million-person population and fruit and vegetable farms.
Many species live along the Delta, and it is the largest estuary on the west coast of the Americas. The river is home to more than 750 species of animals and plants, many of which are endangered. Some of these animals and plants can only be found in the Delta and nowhere else in the world. Many of these species require certain flows, temperatures, and salinity levels to survive.
Not only do salty waters impact farming, but they are also extremely dangerous to the animals and plants of the Delta. Many are looking to get approval to build reservoirs on their properties to store fresh water to use in dry times. Other areas are investing in desalination systems to work toward a solution for the problem. Farmers worry that the salty water will hurt the soil over time.
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