- Author: Isaya Kisseka, PhD
Climate variability, competition for water from other users including urban and environmental, and groundwater depletion threaten the sustainability of irrigated agriculture. To face these challenges, the irrigation industry must develop and adopt innovative technologies and management practices that optimize economic outcomes, while also minimizing environmental impact.
Lately, there is no shortage of irrigation technologies hitting the market. To get a glimpse of what is out there, I recommend visiting the annual Irrigation Show held each December, as well as other annual farm shows such as the World Ag Expo.
Changes since the 80s
Since the late 1980s, there has been high adoption of...
- Author: Holly Ober
Amir Haghverdi, an assistant cooperative extension specialist of irrigation and water management in the environmental sciences department at UC Riverside and California Institute for Water Resources affiliate, has been awarded a nearly $500,000 Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement New Investigator grant by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
These grants are highly competitive funds awarded to researchers at the beginning their career, with less than five years postgraduate career-track...
- Author: David J Lewis
I am standing where stream flow begins, in a nameless tributary of the Russian River to the east of Hopland, California. This particular spot and location has been a grazing livestock ranch, primarily sheep, going back more than 100 years. This is one of thousands of spots in the watershed where water comes to the surface, joins in a channel, and starts its path downstream.
Many of us have stood at a confluence of two rivers or an estuary where a watershed's outfall meets an ocean. These locations are the stream's or river's end, their terminus. Where I am standing now is instead the headwaters of the stream system, where water is initially released and visible as a...
- Author: Faith Kearns
Nell Green Nylen is a Senior Research Fellow with the Wheeler Water Institute in the Center for Law, Energy & the Environment (CLEE) at Berkeley Law. Her research engages law, science, and policy to tackle critical California water issues. Nell earned a J.D. from Berkeley Law and a Ph.D. in Geological and Environmental Sciences from Stanford.
You have done an incredible amount of research and policy work on some of California's thorniest water issues. Can you tell us a little more about your efforts?
Sure! During my time at CLEE, I've worked on everything from.../span>
- Author: Faith Kearns
Dr. Ellen Bruno is an Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist in quantitative policy analysis at UC Berkeley. Her research evaluates the effectiveness of different policy instruments for improving the management of our increasingly scarce water resources.
You are currently working on the changing regulatory structure of groundwater in California, and in particular groundwater trading. Can you tell us a little more about your work?
At the end of 2014, the California legislature passed a major statewide water regulation, the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act...