A recent letter to the editor calls for farmers to be contributors to drought relief this summer.
Careful water use is not new this year. Over 90 percent of the berries are using micro-irrigation practices with efficiencies approaching 95 percent. Dairies make efficient use of the waste water collected throughout the winter and irrigate from their lagoons throughout spring and summer. You can’t improve much on that.
The vast amount of water used by farmers is from wells, which have only an indirect influence on stream flows. We draw on plentiful aquifers that are renewed every winter. Lack of snow pack has little effect on our water supply.
We take responsibility to manage water resources and quality seriously. The community can count on its farmers to be wise and responsible water managers.