California has the second most irrigated acreage in the United States, with Nebraska alone irrigating more. California's almost 8 million irrigated acres are dedicated to a wide diversity of more than 300 crops.
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California rice production provides approximately 500,000 acres of habitat annually. This habitat provides nearly 60% of the food resources consumed by wintering waterfowl in the Central Valley and is the sustenance for 2.5 million of the 5 million ducks using the Pacific Flyway.
California grows about 90% of the country's cantaloupe melons every year.
The San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta estuary is the largest estuary on the West Coast. Supporting over 750 plants and animal species.
When the California rice crop is harvested, the leftover rice serves as an important food sources for millions of ducks, geese, pheasants and other wildlife
The California Aqueduct is part of the State Water Project, which was
designed to provide water primarily for urban use.