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Pajaro Valley Community Responds to Drought, Promotes Resilient Basin

On April 10, 2014 the Community Water Dialogue (CWD), in partnership with the Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency (PVWMA) and the Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau hosted the 2014 Drought and Irrigation Conference.

Held at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, the event featured tools, technology, and resources for growers to save money while improving water use efficiency. Presentations also included strategies to improve the soil’s ability to hold and infiltrate water. Over 120 people attended, primarily growers or landowners in the Pajaro Valley. Vendors presented innovative technologies to improve irrigation efficiency, such as wireless soil moisture tensiometers, telemetry units for measuring plant water need, pump automation systems, and more. Growers could sign up for technical assistance support through resource management agencies and organizations.

This year’s unprecedented drought has added pressure to already stressed aquifers in California and put agriculture at risk. The CWD responded to community concern over the drought by providing a forum for growers and other experts to share best practices, and vendors to show the latest technological advances in water management. High attendance at the event showed broad community concern and support, and demonstrated the value of the CWD as a community-driven mechanism for developing and implementing pro-active solutions to improve the resiliency of the Pajaro Valley basin over the long term.

You can find below links to documents that were distributed at the Drought Conference.

     

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