Northern California and Delta Issues

Friday, Dec 14th, 2012

As a public agency, Browns Valley Irrigation District, a northern California water purveyor, hires an outside accountant (CPA) to do an annual audit of the financial records. This process is one of the ways that we insure that public funds are being expended appropriately. As is the norm, there are always transactions that need to be clarified as the CPA works through the previous year’s records.
This year, I was hit with one question that made me take pause. The CPA saw that one of the budget line items was for “Delta Issues.” He posed “why on earth is an irrigation district that is located some 60 river miles upstream of the Delta, spending money on issues in the Delta?” Good question. This was not going to be one of those one or two sentence answers that simply tied the expense to a District project. I asked the CPA to sit down and I will try to explain.

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Seasons: Planting, Harvest, and Water Protection!

Wednesday, Nov 21st, 2012

The 2012 harvest is getting close to completion, while Thanksgiving and the Holidays will soon approach. My hope for our family and yours – that we can finish the harvest before winter’s rain takes hold. At our farm in Richvale, it has rained a day each of the past two weeks – a very strong indication that winter isn’t far off. Yesterday our neighbors at the Gorrill Ranch in Nelson started flooding their fields to decompose rice straw and provide habitat for ducks and geese. This morning thousands of waterfowl were already enjoying the Gorrill’s fields. These are clear signs of the changing seasons and we cannot take for granted the importance of completing the harvest before stormy weather settles in the Valley. Every farmer will press on till the harvest is complete because a whole season’s work is at stake!

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A Journey Far and Wide, Where Has Your Heart Taken You?

Thursday, Nov 8th, 2012

Northern California during autumn,

golden valley, harvested fields, open spaces, geese in flight.

Country roads leading near and far.

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Water Conservation

Tuesday, Oct 16th, 2012

I’m Sandy Denn and I farm rice with my husband, Wally, near Willows, California. I’m third-generation on this property raising rice and my son’s coming along to be the fourth generation.

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