Harvard Vineyards Thirst for Water in California

“The county supervisors issued an emergency moratorium on new agricultural wells starting Aug. 27, 2013—not just wells in the affected areas but also in areas such as Harvard’s holdings where groundwater hadn’t fallen as much.

The day before the moratorium took effect, Harvard’s Brodiaea filed for permits to drill seven wells deeper than anything else in that part of the county—enough to fill an Olympic-size swimming pool in 90 minutes. One well hit water at 112 feet, but the driller completed the well to 1,200 feet deep, county records show.

This would allow it to keep drawing water, even if droughts dropped the groundwater level further.”

When it comes to drilling (whether oil or water) it’s first come, first served.

WSJ article on Harvard’s California Vineyards

Harvard Crimson article on Cuyama Valley Groundwater Basin

Post by Marcelino Pantoja