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California has been the nation’s leading agricultural and dairy state for the past 50 years. The state’s 80,500 farms and ranches produce more than 400 different agricultural products. These products generated a record $44.7 billion in sales value in 2012, accounting for 11.3 percent of the US total.
Background information on water issues and topics is available from the Water Education Foundation through publications, videos, the news blog Aquafornia, online water encyclopedia Aquapedia, and more.
California has more than 1,400 named dams and 1,300 reservoirs that help with flood management, water storage and water transport. Hydropower from dams also provides a relatively pollution-free source of electricity. Dams are owned, maintained and operated by federal, state and local agencies.
California has pioneered some of the toughest state environmental legislation to address environmental issues. For example, laws focused attention on “instream uses” of water to benefit fish and wildlife, recreation, water quality and aesthetics. Among water-related issues, in general, are climate change, toxic waste disposal, pollution and loss of wildlife and habitat.