Where the Water Grows

Beef Water Footprint
Beef Water Footprint

Trying my hand at a somewhat interactive data visualization, I built a simple web page that looks at agricultural water usage in California. It’s no secret that California is suffering from a prolonged drought. With the state’s water reserve estimated at one year, residents are being required to reduce their water usage by 25 percent. California’s agricultural industry, which accounts for 80 percent of the state’s water usage, has yet to have water restrictions imposed. Conserving water can go beyond not watering lawns. Looking into the water footprints of foods Americans eat that are grown in California, consumers and policy makers can make educated decisions to conserve water in the short- and long-term. Take a look at Where the Water Grows.


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