The Human Costs of Nitrate-contaminated Drinking Water in the San Joaquin Valley

Published: March 2011
Authors: Eli Moore, Eyal Matalon, Carolina Balazs, Jennifer Clary, Laurel Firestone, Susan De Anda, and Martha Guzman
Pages: 72

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Executive Summary


This report focuses on the costs of nitrate contamination in drinking water, pointing to key policies and further research needed to better understand and resolve this entrenched challenge. Investigating the public health effects of nitrate contamination of groundwater in the San Joaquin Valley, the report finds far-reaching effects on economic vitality and environmental well-being, disproportionately affecting low-income households and Spanish-speaking residents.