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  • A Measure of Snow: Case Studies of the Snow Survey and Water Supply Forecasting Program

    A Measure of Snow: Case Studies of the Snow Survey and Water Supply Forecasting Program

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service | September 1, 2010...
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    Snow depth and snow water content data have been collected and disseminated throughout the W estern United States for over 100 years. Early...

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  • A Technical Advisor’s Manual Managing Agricultural Irrigation Drainage Water: A guide for developing Integrated On-Farm Drainage Management Systems

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    A Technical Advisor’s Manual Managing Agricultural Irrigation Drainage Water: A guide for developing Integrated On-Farm Drainage Management Systems

    State Water Resources Control Board | September 29, 2005...
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    This manual is part of a two-part educational and outreach program to educate landowners and technical advisors about the advantages, disadvantages, costs, environmental...

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  • Agricultural Irrigation in This Drought: Where is the Water and Where Is It Going?

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    Agricultural Irrigation in This Drought: Where is the Water and Where Is It Going?

    University of California Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics | May 14, 2015...
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    In the midst of its fourth year of drought, California now faces an estimated reduction in surface-water availability of 8.8 million acre-feet (maf)...

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  • Agricultural Land Stewardship (Resource Management Strategy)

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    Agricultural Land Stewardship (Resource Management Strategy)

    Department of Water Resources | July 29, 2016...
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    This resource management strategy focuses primarily on private land in agriculture including cultivated land and rangeland. Agricultural land in California comprises about 31.6...

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  • Agricultural Losses from Salinity in California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

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    Agricultural Losses from Salinity in California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

    San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science | April 5, 2014...
    Summary

    Sea level rise, large-scale flooding, and new conveyance arrangements for water exports may increase future water salinity for local agricultural production in California’s...

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  • Agricultural Water Conservation and Efficiency Potential in California

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    Agricultural Water Conservation and Efficiency Potential in California

    Pacific Institute | June 10, 2014...
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    Agriculture uses about 80 percent of California’s developed water supply. As such a large user, it is heavily impacted by the availability and...

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  • Agricultural Water Use Efficiency (Resource Management Strategy)

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    Agricultural Water Use Efficiency (Resource Management Strategy)

    Department of Water Resources | July 29, 2016...
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    The agricultural water use efficiency strategy describes the use and application of scientific processes to control agricultural water delivery and use to achieve...

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  • Applying the connectivity approach: Water and food supply projects in California that connect, link, and engage

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    Applying the connectivity approach: Water and food supply projects in California that connect, link, and engage

    California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply | April 11, 2014...
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    In delving into the connectivity concept and approach, members of the California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply (CRWFS) felt that it was...

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  • Better late than never: a synthesis of strategic land retirement and restoration in California

    Better late than never: a synthesis of strategic land retirement and restoration in California

    Ecosphere | August 10, 2018...
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    Strategic retirement and restoration of agricultural lands is a critical conservation opportunity globally. The objective of this synthesis was to examine whether ecological habitat...

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  • California Agricultural Production and Irrigated Water Use

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    California Agricultural Production and Irrigated Water Use

    Congressional Research Service | June 30, 2015...
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    California ranks as the leading agricultural state in the United States in terms of farm-level sales.  In 2012, California’s farm-level sales totaled nearly...

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  • California Sustainable Groundwater Legislation and Dairy Business Impact – California Irrigation Institute – 2017

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    California Sustainable Groundwater Legislation and Dairy Business Impact – California Irrigation Institute – 2017

    California Irrigation Institute | January 30, 2017...
    Summary

    I have been asked to discuss my thoughts on the effect of SGMA upon the dairy industry. As the General Manager of Stevinson...

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  • California’s First Farmer-Led Groundwater Market

    California’s First Farmer-Led Groundwater Market

    The Nature Conservancy | July 12, 2018...
    Summary

    Ventura County, located in California’s south coast, is one of United States’ most productive agricultural counties (ranked 10th in California and 11th in the...

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  • California’s San Joaquin Valley: A Region in Transition

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    California’s San Joaquin Valley: A Region in Transition

    Congressional Research Service | December 12, 2005...
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    CRS was requested to undertake a study of the San Joaquin Valley (SJV) and a comparison with another U.S. region. The eight-county San...

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  • California’s Severe Drought Has Only Marginal Impacts on Food Prices

    California’s Severe Drought Has Only Marginal Impacts on Food Prices

    University of California Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics | May 14, 2015...
    Summary

    The extreme drought that has gripped California over the past several years is causing onerous adjustments in the natural and human environments. Agriculture,...

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  • California’s Water: Water for Farms

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    California’s Water: Water for Farms

    Public Policy Institute of California | October 1, 2016...
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    California is the nation’s largest farm state and a global market leader. Farms have steadily improved productivity per unit of water used, but...

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  • Climate Change Consortium for Specialty Crops: Impacts and Strategies for Resilience

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    Climate Change Consortium for Specialty Crops: Impacts and Strategies for Resilience

    Department of Food and Agriculture | January 16, 2014...
    Summary

    The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) convened the Climate Change Consortium, a diverse group of individuals involved in California specialty crop...

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  • Delta Working Landscapes Program Final Report

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    Delta Working Landscapes Program Final Report

    Delta Protection Commission | October 14, 2013...
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    The Delta Working Landscapes Program (Program) is a group of projects which demonstrate how farmers can integrate habitat restoration into farming practices. The...

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  • Desalination Demonstration Report for Buena Vista Water Storage District

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    Desalination Demonstration Report for Buena Vista Water Storage District

    Buena Vista Water Storage District | December 1, 2003...
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    Saline agricultural drainage water within the Buena Vista Water Storage District is accumulating in shallow aquifers located below productive farmland. This saline water...

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  • Diverse stakeholders create collaborative, multilevel basin governance for groundwater sustainability

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    Diverse stakeholders create collaborative, multilevel basin governance for groundwater sustainability

    California Agriculture | March 13, 2018...
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    The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) is introducing significant changes in the way groundwater is governed for agricultural use. It requires the formation...

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  • Drainage without a drain

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    Drainage without a drain

    The Bay Institute | January 1, 2003...
    Summary

    Agricultural drainage problems in California’s San Joaquin Valley have been a threat to the environment and to agriculture for at least the last...

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