Rice Practices Enhance Efficient Water Management in the Sacramento Valley

Friday, Aug 10th, 2012

Recently, the California Rice Commission released the Environmental Sustainability Report, highlighting the efforts rice growers are undertaking to enhance land use benefits and protect the environment. Included in the report is an analysis of water use by ricelands over the past 30 years. This historical analysis provides an excellent example of increasing and sustained efficient water management for the industry. In the 1980s, average per-acre water application for rice was approaching 6 acre-feet. By the mid-1990s, that number had dropped to below 5 acre-feet per acre and for the past decade, average water application is 4.1 acre-feet per acre.

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Hydroelectric Generation, Green & Clean

Thursday, Aug 2nd, 2012

Being a water district located in the foothills, we are blessed with elevation. And with our source water at the upper end (read higher elevation) of the District, we can take advantage of that elevation to assist in the delivery of water. It is that change in elevation that allows us to have pressurized pipelines (without pumps and the required energy charges) and also allows for opportunities to generate electricity.

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Field Trip – July 3rd, 2012

Saturday, Jul 14th, 2012

Once a month I discard the office attire and pull on my jeans and camo fat baby cowboy boots, jump into a district pick-up to collect groundwater measurements.

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Outstanding in the Field

Friday, Jul 6th, 2012

Outstanding in the Field is a nice way to describe what farmers do while they work- they stand out in their fields.

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