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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U.S. Sustainable Winegrowing Summit West 2:00 pm
U.S. Sustainable Winegrowing Summit West @ Sonoma County, CA
Jun 6 @ 2:00 pm – Jun 7 @ 3:00 pm
Who: A gathering of regional winery and vineyard associations, engaged grower and vintner leaders, and others committed to the sustainability of their local vineyards, wineries and regions. What: Learn some of the driving forces behind consumers’ and[...]
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Implementing Sustainable Farming Practices: Water and Pest Management 8:30 am
Implementing Sustainable Farming Practices: Water and Pest Management
Jun 13 @ 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
Special Targeted Education Event for Growers sponsored by: California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance & Lake County Winegrape Commission Welcome, Debra Sommerfield, Lake County Winegrape Commission & Clint Nelson, Vineyard Manager, Beckstoffer Vineyards – Red Hills Increasing Performance[...]
AgVenture Lite: What we know about Clear Lake 5:30 pm
AgVenture Lite: What we know about Clear Lake @ Soper Reese Community Theatre
Jun 13 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
The Lake County Chapter of California Women for Agriculture and Lake County Winegrape Growers present AgVenture Lite: What we know about Clear Lake Clear Lake is thought to be over 450,000 years old making it[...]
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LCWC Executive Committee Meeting 2:30 pm
LCWC Executive Committee Meeting @ LCWC Office
Jun 18 @ 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Agenda – LCWC Executive Committee, June 18, 2019
LCWC Board Meeting 3:00 pm
LCWC Board Meeting @ LCWC Office
Jun 18 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Agenda – LCWC Board Meeting, June 18, 2019
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Master Vigneron Academy®
Master Vigneron Academy®
Jun 19 all-day
Session #6 Lake County vineyards
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