Why California’s Nitrate Problem Will Take Decades to Fix

“Nitrate-contaminated groundwater is now pervasive in agricultural areas in California such as the San Joaquin and Salinas valleys. It’s a serious problem in rural communities that rely solely on wells for drinking water…most nitrate pollution comes from crop runoff – 55 percent from synthetic fertilizer [industrial agriculture] and 33 percent from animal manure [industrial dairy] – according to a University of California, Davis study commissioned by the State Water Resources Control Board.”

Holistic, regenerative agriculture helps mitigate this problem.