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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.
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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.
California benefits from a diverse
array of rivers that provide water for cities and farms as well
as vital habitat for fish, birds and other species and recreation
for people. Many of the state’s rivers have been dammed or
diverted for water supply and flood control. Some are designated
as wild and scenic rivers, mainly along the North Coast of
California, and remain undammed for all or parts of their run.
Still other rivers in the state have been used as conduits for
treated wastewater and agricultural runoff.