A California Water District Changes Course

In “How California’s drought upended a powerful farming district,” a collaboration with KQED’s The California Report, Dan Charles explains that for years, Westlands Water District fought for endless supplies of water — until the water started running out. Farmers instead started coming to terms with the fact that their operations will have to change — and in many areas, shrink — in order to survive chronic drought, depleted aquifers and climate change.

NPR published KQED’s version of the story. This was syndicated to several of their local radio affiliates, including WPR (Wisconsin Public Radio), KUOW (Puget Sound), WWNO (New Orleans), and KPBS (San Diego), among others.

NewsBreak (local news app) picked up the story.

On social media, we saw engagement for the story from the Sierra Club California Water Committee (530 followers), CloverCroft Farm (regenerative/organic farm in Ontario, Canada, 1.5K followers), Harmony Hills Farm (rotational grazing and regenerative agriculture in Missouri, 565 followers), Brownlee Creek Ranch (cattle ranch in Idaho, 118 followers), and Jay Heritage Center (nonprofit in Rye, New York, focused on environmental preservation and social justice, 4K followers).Our media partner for this story, KQED’s California Report, is broadcast on more than 60 public radio stations in California, with more than 330K listeners.

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