Another Dry Year in Store for California Farmers & Ranchers
                 
                 California is facing its fourth year of severe drought conditions.  January snowpack measurement at Echo Summit
    was 12% of normal.  Statewide measurements are 25% of historical averages.  These numbers paint a dismal picture for
    all water users.  It is evident that agriculture irrigators will need to plan for another summer of reduced water allocations.  

          Different types of water rights are defined in the California Code.  Local appropriative surface water rights are based on
    an adjudication and priority system and enforced by a water master.   A new Water Master has been hired for Sierra Valley
    and will be available at the next Sierra Valley RCD meeting to answer questions for the upcoming irrigation season.

          All irrigators are invited to attend the SVRCD Board Meeting on March 12th at the Sierraville Ranger District.  The
    meeting begins at noon and the Water Master introduction is scheduled for 2:00 pm.

          Drought years create hardships for ranchers and livestock producers.  Reduced forage production resulting from lack
    of water will likely require implementation of alternative management practices.  Water use efficiency, ground water
    recharge and water quality impacts are all important considerations for farm and ranch managers during times of drought.

            Listed below are useful links to more information for developing a good drought strategy.

                           
                           
Speaker Glen Nadar
UCCE Farm Advisor shared
timely drought information
Lunch Break
The Sierra Valley Grange Hall
erupted in lively conversations
during the lunch break
Drought & Water Management
Sierra Valley Resource Conservation District
Round Table
Presenters lead  Q&A
discussions in the afternoon
Round Table
Local Ranchers quiz UCCE
Advisors on drought planning