UC Davis Agricultural and Resource Economics

California Water Quality: The Role of Agriculture

Aug. 7, 2008

While California's agriculture has been vibrant and growing, the quality of the state's water bodies has weakened. However, despite the common perception that agricultural production is a principal culprit, our study shows that this is not generally true. It shows that only a very small portion of water pollutants attributed to agricultural production are actually positively correlated with agricultural production while the majority of the pollutants have no relationship, and some of them are even negatively correlated.

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