Farmers selling water that would have been used to grow crops in the Imperial Valley of California is having long-term impact on the communities and residents who make their living from agriculture-related jobs.

Lawsuits are in progress after having been filed by different groups to either allow farmers to sell more water uninhibited or stop the sales of water.

A New York Times article reports extensively on the situation of growing crops in a desert with the necessary water coming from the Colorado River. Farmers are given rights to that water because of decade-old agreements. Many farmers are looking out for themselves by selling water rights for as much or more than the income they could earn from growing a crop and leaving the land set idle.

To read the interesting outside-looking-in article in the New York Times, click here