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California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply Recommendations

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011
Agriculture Water Stewardship

Agriculture Water Stewardship


“Moving water is the most complex and artful thing we do as farmers.”
–Danny Merkley


Synopsis

California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply Recommendations to shift thinking and spur appropriate action to balance the water needs of both farms and aquatic ecosystems.


Recommendations

1. Create a Stronger Knowledge Base

2. Improve Support Mechanisms for Growers

3. Move Toward Outcome- Based Policy and Regulatory Frameworks that Foster Agricultural Water Stewardship

Read entire Report


Agricultural Water Stewardship Definition

The agricultural use of water in a manner that optimizes agricultural water use while addressing the co-benefits of water for food production, the environment, and human health. Agricultural water stewardship is premised on the notion that water management decisions cannot be made in isolation of the ecological, social, and economic context. It emphasizes whole-farm, place-based approaches that recognize the role of agriculture in the local watershed, and of local biogeographical conditions such as soil type, soil ecology, topography, and terrestrial and aquatic ecology in water management decisions.


Sidenote

Nearly a quarter of farmers surveyed by the Agricultural Water Management Council said that lack of technical assistance limited their ability to implement water conservation practices. Magnation offers free information on how the H2O Energizer can be beneficial to your Farm, as well as Home and Garden.

 

Café Gratitude Organic Farms Show More Permeability & Water Savings

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Our first customer who put on one of our agricultural systems in February of ’09 has been seeing positive results on their 5-acre farm in Vacaville, California. Primary interest has been in permeability of the soil and thus less puddling. Water savings has been reported as well.

Stay tuned for more testimonials. We have some of the largest growers working with our systems and are hearing positive things. We will report the findings once they are considered to be conclusive.

Matthew Englehart, co-owner of Café Gratitude Restaurants (there are currently 6 restaurants in the Bay Area).

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