Ag Board to Discuss
The California State Board of Food and Agriculture announced
TODAY it will focus on groundwater
supply issues at its upcoming meeting in Sacramento on Tuesday, November 5th,
from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the California Department of Food and
Agriculture, 1220 ‘N’ Street – Main Auditorium, Sacramento, CA 95814.
“Groundwater plays a critical role in California’s water
supply, but greater reliance upon this precious resource during times of
drought increases the challenges we face,” said CDFA Secretary Karen Ross. “Managing groundwater at
the local and regional levels is effective but must relate to California’s
overall water management plan. Issues of overdraft, impaired water quality,
salinity accumulation and land subsidence must be addressed to ensure
sustainable groundwater management and the long-term vitality of agriculture.”
California’s groundwater supply provides about 40 to 50
percent of total annual water use for agricultural and urban purposes
In 2009, the U.S. Geological Survey reported that for water
years 1962-2003, California’s Central Valley aquifer was depleted by almost 60
million acre-feet – the equivalent of providing every resident of California
with water for eight years.
In addition, the Central Valley is the second-most-pumped
aquifer in the United States, accounting for approximately 20 percent of
the nation’s groundwater demand. California is the largest agricultural
producer in the United States, with farm revenue of $44.7 billion; an estimated
seven percent of the total U.S. food supply comes from the Central Valley.
Invited speakers include: Jay Famiglietti, UC Center for Hydrologic Modeling, University of
California, Irvine; Jim Branham,
Sierra Nevada Conservancy; Martha
Conklin, University of California, Merced; Dr. Ruth Langridge, University of California, Santa Cruz; Steve Phillips, U.S. Geological Survey;
Eric Oppenheimer, State Water
Resources Control Board; Clay Rodgers,
Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board; Karen Christensen, Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz
County; Kelley Bell, Driscoll’s; Jerry Reaugh, Paso Robles Agricultural
Alliance for Groundwater Solutions, and E.
Michael Solomon, United Water Conservation District.
“Water remains one of the most critical topics for this
Board,” said Craig McNamara,
president of the California State Board of Food and Agriculture. “We cannot
have the level of farming in this state that generations of consumers are used
to unless we manage our water resources effectively and efficiently. Our rural
communities and farmers deserve no less.”
The California State Board of Food and Agriculture advises
the governor and the CDFA secretary on agricultural issues and consumer needs.
The state board conducts forums that bring together local, state and federal
government officials, agricultural representative and citizens to discuss
current issues of concern to California agriculture.
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