Groundwater recharge on farmland Todd Fitchette
Farmers can take advantage of this year's heavy rains to set up temporary or permanent groundwater recharge basins. For some growers it's as easy as using surface irrigation provided by their irrigation districts to flood fields and vineyards.

Groundwater recharge workshop May 12 in San Luis Obispo

Groups will discuss groundwater recharge at Central Coast meeting

The San Luis Obispo County Recharge Workgroup will hold a half-day workshop focused on the potential for using storm water to recharge groundwater supplies in the county.

The workshop takes place May 12 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the San Luis Obispo County Veteran's Hall, 801 Grand Avenue, San Luis Obispo.

There is no cost to attend but registration is required.

Agenda:

8:30 – 9 a.m. Check-in, coffee & pastries

9:00 – 9:10 Welcome, overview of recharge opportunities

9:10 – 9:25 Central Coast water conditions: recycled, storm water, stream flow

9:25 – 9:40 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

9:40 – 10 a.m. Examples of storm water capture in world agriculture

10:00 – 10:30 Recharge on agricultural lands

10:30 – 10:45 Break

10:45 – 11:10 Potential for recharge on the Central Coast

11:10 – 11:30 Potential for recharge in San Luis Obispo County

11:30 – Noon Panel of practitioners:

  • On-farm recharge basin
  • Fox Hollow Reservoir
  • Huer Huero as a regional example

Noon – 12:30 p.m. Summary audience participation – Next steps

12:30 – 1:30 Lunch, courtesy of the San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau

This workshop is sponsored by the San Luis Obispo County Recharge Workgroup, whose members include representatives from the University of California Cooperative Extension, San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau, San Luis Obispo County Department of Public Works, San Luis Obispo County Department of Agriculture/Weights and Measures, San Luis Obispo County Administrative Office, Coastal San Luis and Upper Salinas Las Tablas Resource Conservation Districts, and the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board.

 

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