SJV Water covers water issues that are critical to California. | Photo Courtesy of SJV Water
SJV Water is a relatively new nonprofit dedicated to covering water issues in the San Joaquin Valley.
Our goal is to tackle the often complex world of water and break it down so that everyday folks can grasp such things as how and why water starts in one part of the state but ends up in another, or how regulations will affect their town, job or even their lawn.
Understanding where our water comes from and the forces that control water in California is key for all of us as our towns and economies hope to grow in a sustainable manner. We all face a changing climate.
We have already broken many important stories, including how agricultural water districts in Kern County were fudging their groundwater usage, so the valley’s overdraft appeared much less drastic than it actually is; and how one valley ag district is planning to mine water from the South Fork of the Kern above Lake Isabella and use it to water fields near Bakersfield.
And, of course, we keep a close eye on where the fight is over Kern River rights at the State Water Resources Control Board.
As investors are now getting involved in California water sales, our work is more important than ever for public vigilance.
SJV Water takes an independent and unbiased look at all these issues and more, and you can read about them at sjvwater.org.
But we need your help to hold decision-makers accountable.
We hope to raise $5,000 this year through Give Big Kern to help pay for a reporting trainee/intern this summer to assist with our growing workload. Donate to us at givebigkern.org. Search for “sjv water.”
For more information, contact me, editor and CEO, at email@example.com, or 661-204-3635.