Every day, fields in California’s Imperial Valley are flooded using a massive irrigation system, primarily for alfalfa hay. Much of that hay is sent to China, Japan and the United Arab Emirates, raising questions as California struggles with another year of drought. The Imperial Valley, a farming community of fewer than 200,000 people, uses more than 880 billion gallons of river water every year. The rest of Southern California uses less than half that.
Living in LA and Solana Beach, I have 1st hand knowledge of drought mandates. However, I had no knowledge of the Imperial Valley.