This post was republished with permission from the author. The original was published in the Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau ‘Between the Furrows’ Newsletter, August 2013.
By: Rich Casale, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Resource Conservation District employees have now been writing water conservation related articles for this column for over a year. I believe these articles can be much better if growers provided us with their input in the form of testimonials or success stories on how they use less water on the farm and/or reduce groundwater overdraft in the Pajaro Valley.
As more and more farmers and ranchers continue to become involved in the grower initiated “Community Water Dialogue” it makes sense to provide yet one more outlet for growers to share their stories or ideas on how to lessen the demand on the Pajaro Valley groundwater aquifer. We know there is a lot of good water conservation work taking place on local farms and ranches and would hope that growers and other land/water users would be willing to share their ideas and successes with us and the rest of the agricultural community.
Water conservation is more important than ever especially after two years of way below normal rainfall. We invite you to contact us with your ideas, success stories or a complete article (maximum 250 words) on this subject. Please e-mail to Rich Casale (firstname.lastname@example.org); send to NRCS, 820 Bay Ave, Suite 128, Capitola, CA 95010; or call 475-1967. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing your name in print soon.