FRESNO — “Water and the Future of the San Joaquin Valley,” water district representatives, county supervisors, water attorneys and others address agricultural water use in San Joaquin Valley which “is on the brink of a major transition” with the implementation of Sustainable Groundwater Management Act that requires “overdrafted groundwater basins to achieve balance between supply and demand by the 2040s;” discuss results of new study from PPIC that finds “ending overdraft could require taking at least 500,000 acres of irrigated cropland out of production;” also discuss remedial actions that could decrease fallowing, such as allowing farmers to trade water rights within their basin or across a region; water quality will also be addressed regarding farmers’ need to “meet new requirements for protecting groundwater from the buildup of nitrate and salts;” light breakfast and lunch provided. 9 a.m., CSU Fresno, 2485 E. San Ramon Ave. Contact: Carlos Torres 415 291 4434.
Event co-sponsored by Fresno State’s California Water Institute and the Public Policy Institute of California Water Policy Center.
Listed speakers include: Eric Averett, Rosedale-Rio Bravo Water Storage District; Katarina Buelna Campbell, Westlands Water District; Stanislaus County Supervisor Vito Chiesa; David Cory, attorney and farmer; Helen Dahlke, UC Davis; Dir. Ellen Hanak and research fellow Alvar Escriva-Bou, PPIC Water Policy Center; Thomas Esqueda, Sarge Green and Robert Harper, Fresno State; Michael Frantz, Frantz Wholesale Nursery; Veronica Garibay, Leadership Council for Justice and Accountability; Bernard Jimenez, Fresno County Dept. of Public Works and Planning; Mas Masumoto, author and farmer; Soapy Mulholland, Sequoia Riverlands Trust; Ric Ortega, Grassland Water District; Anja Raudabaugh, Western United Dairymen; Jon Reiter, Maricopa Orchards; Nathaniel Seavy, Point Blue Conservation Science.
Details and webcast here.