- California water conservation
The California Farm Water Coalition recently released a report
on agricultural water use for 2011. Some of their top findings
- Growers use over 62 million acre-feet of water per year.
- Potential new water from agricultural water use efficiency is
only 1.3 percent of the current water use by farmers, about 330,000
- Groundwater overdraft is still a problem, totaling about 2
million acre-feet per year.
- Changes in irrigation practices, like changing from flood to
drip irrigation, can help reroute flows within a region or basin,
but do not usually create new water outside of the basin.
— Source: California Farm Water Coalition
Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 12:00 am
Local growers will receive $40,000 in refund checks from the
Woodbridge Irrigation District for conserving water. The district
issued the checks as part of their 2011 flood and furrow metering
District manager Andy Christensen said between 40 and 50
customers can expect checks in their mailboxes within a few days.
Some will receive as little as $50, while one large grower can look
forward to a return of about $9,000. But most checks were between
$500 and $600.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 12:00 am.