Opinion: California dairy farmers lead in cleaning up water supplies
The struggle for safe drinking water in the Central Valley has been around for generations. Even the first settlers to the region had to deal with water quality issues since the Valley is uniquely situated at the bottom of a large basin. The California dairy industry has stepped up to implement feasible solutions that will keep our friends and neighbors safe and able to maintain their livelihoods. But it will take collective and coordinated action by the agricultural industry, state and local leaders, regulators and environmental groups to adequately improve our water quality. This fight is deeply personal for me, having grown up on a diversified farm in the Central Valley and spending my career in farm management and agriculture.
-Written by Anja Raudabaugh is the chief executive officer of Western United Dairies.