Sonoma County Farm Bureau

Farm Groups United to Improve Water Situation
in Central Sonoma County

Farmers and ranchers in the Santa Rosa Plain and surrounding areas are invited to attend a workshop on groundwater management to be held on Friday, March 7, from 10 AM to 12 noon at the Sonoma County Farm Bureau, 3589 Westwind Blvd., Santa Rosa. The workshop is organized jointly by the Farm Bureau, the Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF), the Farmers Guild, and the Western United Dairymen (WUD).

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The Sonoma County Water Agency (SCWA) will make a presentation on the Santa Rosa Plain Groundwater Management Plan. Representatives of varied interests, including agriculture, have been meeting for over two years to help develop this non-regulatory plan, which is scheduled for completion this summer. This workshop offers the agricultural community an opportunity to learn about the emerging plan, discuss water issues, and offer ideas for the plan’s development.

"The current water shortage highlights our ongoing need to manage water as efficiently and wisely as possible," said Keith Abeles from CAFF. "Groundwater is essential for our agricultural production. Developing a strong groundwater management plan is critical to protect the needs of agriculture, people, and the environment," he continued. "This workshop will give the agricultural community an opportunity to share its experiences and ideas with each other, and with the lead agency of the Plan, SCWA.

The Water Agency’s presentation will be followed by an open forum, where everyone is encouraged to ask questions and suggest how we can contribute to a sustainable supply of water. "All of us in agriculture are already doing our best to conserve water. However, there could still be new ways to improve our productivity while even increasing the groundwater reserve. It only takes our imagination and resolve as well as close cooperation with major water suppliers like SCWA." said Tito Sasaki of the Farm Bureau.

The workshop is open to anyone interested, and the admission is free. Please reserve your seat by calling or emailing the Farm Bureau at (707) 544-5575 or info@sonomafb.org.