In the San Joaquin Valley, water is becoming a commodity equal to life and death.

California is a powerhouse of food production, growing some 40 percent of the country's fruit, vegetables and nuts. However, the agriculture industry depends on a water supply that's increasingly fragile and unreliable as the climate warms. As a means to increase access to livable drinking water, community and elected leaders alike are rallying behind “Building More Dams.” But this is simply not a viable solution.

Monike Reynozo is an advocate and leader in the Delano community, and has worked on climate issues and electoral campaigns.