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San Joaquin Valley

photo - Low Water Level at New Melones Lake, California Anticipating and Addressing the Impacts of the Drought With the latest drought off to a strong start, what lessons can we learn from the last major dry period—and what actions can we take to manage it? Read More
photo - Sandy Shoreline of Lake with Low Water Level California’s Latest Drought in 4 Charts California is in drought again. Knowing what’s different and what’s similar compared to the past major drought can help us better prepare the most vulnerable sectors. Read More
photo - Wheat Can Dryland Farming Help California Agriculture Adapt to Future Water Scarcity? Future restrictions on groundwater pumping to meet sustainability requirements could result in large areas of farmland coming out of production in the San Joaquin Valley. We talked to agroecologist Caity Peterson about the potential for dryland farming to reduce the need to fallow land. Read More
photo - Wildflowers at Wind Wolves Preserve in Bakersfield, California Creating a Place for Nature in the San Joaquin Valley The quest for groundwater sustainability will result in large amounts of irrigated farmland being retired in the San Joaquin Valley. We talked to Scott Butterfield of The Nature Conservancy about how some of these lands could be restored to natural areas that bring multiple benefits. Read More
photo - Agriculture Field in Brawley, California - Pixel CA DWR Finding a Balance between Supply and Demand to Get to Groundwater Sustainability The San Joaquin Valley is facing difficult tradeoffs in getting to sustainable groundwater management. We talked with Emmy Cattani, a fifth-generation farmer from Kern County, about how to minimize economic harm resulting from efforts to reduce groundwater use. Read More
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