In a Dry State, Farmers Use Oil Wastewater to Irrigate Their Fields, but is it Safe?

InsideClimate News | Sep 15, 2020 at 8:00 PM
  • For decades, farmers in California’s Kern County have turned to wastewater from oil production to help irrigate their crops during extended dry spells.
  • The water irrigates 95,000 acres of cropland in California’s southern San Joaquin Valley.
  • In 2014, the state created the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) to manage groundwater resources and halt groundwater overdraft by the 2040s.