Weather Watch

January 25, 2014

Drought drastically shrinks reservoirs that feed 'salad bowl of the world'

If we don't get rainfall over the Lake San Antonio and Lake Nacimento watersheds, there won't be enough water to deliver to the Salinas River area during peak growing season. That could mean higher food prices. Farmers will either be forced to reduce crops, find alternative source water or pump fresh water from the aquifers below, which could increase the threat of saltwater intrusion into the northern Salinas Valley. If this was to ever to occur, prices for produce would skyrocket.

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John Lindsey writes Weather Watch, a weekly column for The Tribune. He is PG&E's Diablo Canyon meteorologist and media relations representative. Email him at .