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Nuts getting a bad rap for sinking the California Aqueduct

 •  by Lois Henry
Lands around the California Aqueduct that were converted from row crops to permanent crops between 1998 and 2015. Source: Dec. 31, 2019 Department of Water Resources

State water officials are blaming almond and pistachio orchards for sinking the California Aqueduct before all the evidence is in, according to one western Kern County water district manager.

“They need to do more homework,” said Jason Gianquinto, General Manager of the Semitropic Water Storage District. “It’s easy to say, ‘Hey, this area is subsiding and, by the way, there’s ag here.’ But it’s not taking into account where the water for that ag is coming from.

“It’s a knee jerk reaction.”

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