Water Stewardship in Drought Conditions

Water Stewardship in Drought Conditions

On April 9, 2015, farmers, ranchers, grapegrowers and representatives from utilities and state, county, and tribal governments gathered at the Soper-Reese Theatre in Lakeport for an in-depth discussion about the state of water in Lake County at an information-packed seminar titled “Water Stewardship in Drought Conditions.”

  • Keynote speaker Janet Pauli PhD discusses initiative to raise Coyote Valley Dam
    Keynote speaker Janet Pauli PhD discusses initiative to raise Coyote Valley Dam

The seminar was presented collaboratively by the Lake County Farm Bureau, Lake County Winegrape Commission, and UC Cooperative Extension and featured speakers from around the state who are experts on topics such as surface water, groundwater, water policy and law, and water management tools and technologies.

Speaker presentations covered a wide array of water-related topics important to agriculture, including:

Water Storage and Lake Mendocino – Raising Coyote Valley Dam  – Raising Coyote Valley Dam” by Janet Pauli, PhD, Chair, Mendocino County Inland Water and Power Commission

State of Water Policy and Law in California – Tom Hicks by Tom Hicks, JD, California Water Law and Conservation Attorney

Lake County Water Update – Scott De Leon by Scott De Leon, Water Resources Director, County of Lake

“Surface Water – A Statewide Overview” by Justin E. Fredrickson, Environmental Policy Analyst, California Farm Bureau Federation

Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program by Bruce Houdesheldt, Director of Regulatory Affairs, Northern California Water Association

Sustainable Groundwater Management by Thomas Harter, PhD, Groundwater Hydrologist, UC Cooperative Extension

Addressing Weather Risks by Don Schukraft, CEO/Certified Consulting Meteorologist, Western Weather Group

Actual Vineyard Evapotranspiration: A New Tool to Help Growers Manage Water to Meet Their Production Goals by Tom Shapland, PhD, Co-Founder, Tule

Drought Strategies for Winegrape Vineyards by Bryan L. Rahn, CPAg/SS, President, Coastal Viticultural Consultants

Schukraft, Shapland, and Rahn also participated in a panel discussion titled “Water Use in Agriculture – Crop Water Estimation and Technology” moderated by Paul Zellman, Education Director for the Lake County Winegrape Commission.

Representatives from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), PG&E, and American Ag Credit were present to discuss available programs and services.

Calendar of Events

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LCWC Board Meeting 4:00 pm
LCWC Board Meeting @ LCWC Office
Dec 4 @ 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm
Agenda – LCWC Board Meeting, December 4, 2018
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North Coast Wine Industry Expo 9:00 am
North Coast Wine Industry Expo @ Sonoma County Fairgrounds
Dec 6 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
North Coast Wine Industry Expo @ Sonoma County Fairgrounds | Santa Rosa | California | United States
North Coast Wine Industry Expo Trade Show and Conference Expands The 7th Annual North Coast Wine Industry Expo (WIN Expo), the second largest wine industry trade show in North America, is scheduled to take place[...]
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2018 Annual Laws & Regulations Meetings 8:00 am
2018 Annual Laws & Regulations Meetings
Dec 10 @ 8:00 am
December 10 & 20 Continuing education credit is available. For more information, call the Lake County Agriculture Department at (707) 263-0217.
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