Why Cauvery Is Dying
Cauvery, like almost all rivers in India, is forest-fed. Historically, this region was covered in forests and tree cover. The soil was constantly replenished with nutrients and organic matter by animal waste and plant litter. Organic matter allowed the soil to absorb water, and thus feed Cauvery.
As Trees Disappear ...
But as human population grows and tree cover reduces, the soil is no longer replenished. It no longer absorbs water and suffers erosion instead. The soil no longer feeds Cauvery, which is drying up. The falling water levels and dying soil are taking a devastating toll on our farmers, who suffer failed harvests and crippling debt.