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Panel to Discuss Butte County Agricultural Water Conservation
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Sacramento River Valley is the main supplier of California’s water, servicing 25 million people, said Colleen Hatfield, Biological Sciences. It is also valued for its $2.5 billion agricultural production and the biodiversity of its 10 intersecting eco-regions. “Water and agriculture are front and center to our local economy and with an uncertain future characterized by increasing water demands and climate change, it is important that we are proactive in wise and efficient water management strategies,” said Hatfield. “This panel discussion will address how we are moving forward with this in agricultural practices.”
Panel members will address the question of what drives water use in Butte County and talk about how it is monitored and how water demands are met by judicious water applications and partnerships. The panel includes experts from the Butte County Resource Conservation District, USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), Butte County Water and Resource Conservation Department, and University of California Cooperative Extension.
There will also be a discussion of programs offered by the NRCS to assist local producers in water conservation and local success stories and practices put into place by Butte County producers.
Schedule of Water Conservation Panel
Dr. Colleen Hatfield, CSU Chico
Welcome and introductions
Kelly Miller, Butte County Resource Conservation District
Partnerships in Butte County addressing agricultural water conservation
Christina Buck, Butte County Water and Resource Conservation Department
Overview of current water monitoring in Butte County
Joe Connell, University of California Cooperative Extension
What drives water use in Butte County? Matching applications to meet water demands
Dan Taverner, Natural Resource Conservation Service
Programs offered by the NRCS to assist local producers in water conservation
Scott Turnquist, Natural Resource Conservation Service
Highlights of local success stories and the detailed practices that have been put into place on Butte County land by local producers
For more information, please call Colleen Hatfield, 530-898-4235, or Lee Altier, 530-898-4137.