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Hear our interview with Richard Walker, which originally aired on the East County Magazine Radio Show on KNSJ radio February 1st:

By Miriam Raftery

February 27, 2016 (Borrego Springs)—Borrego Springs is running out of water. The community’s sole-source aquifer could dry out within 30 years. But while residents in the community’s water district have been asked to conserve, big agricultural users and golf resorts have virtually no mandate to cut back, since they utilize private wells.

Recently we interviewed Richard Walker, a resident of Borrego Springs who supports adjudication to have the courts resolve Borrego’s vanishing water supply.  But Walker can't afford legal action --and hopes someone in the community will step forward.

You can learn more about the problem from Richard’s point of view at

For other views, you can check out the Borrego Water Coalition at


ECM interview with Richard Walker on Borrego Springs water shortage

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I drove by the orchards going to and from Coyote Canyon. There were hundreds of grapefruit on the ground along the road so I stopped to look. I cut one open and the fruit was juicy and tasty, nothing wrong with it. What a waste!

Exporting water

in the form of agricultural products is a huge part of water usage in California, specifically in the Imperial Valley and especially in Borrego. ...from the Borrego C of C....."Over 2,000 acres of citrus, primarily grapefruit, with some lemon, lime and orange, are grown in Borrego Springs. Perfect citrus growing weather and water from the Borrego Valley's aquifer produce table quality citrus that is shipped all over the world." ...Grapefruit are 88 percent water.