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234 Water Resources Advisor - Colusa, Sutter and Yuba Counties


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This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2012 cycle.



A Water Resources Advisor for Yuba, Sutter and Colusa counties would be incredibly beneficial to local growers. With an enormous agriculture industry in the tri-county area, water use, quality and conservation is and will increasingly be a top concern. Helping growers to make the most of the state’s scarce water supply and comply with increasingly stringent regulations will be a vital and desperately needed role of the Water Resources Advisor.
Posted Jul 20, 2012 9:11 AM by Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau
The Water Resources Advisor identified in this proposal would would be very beneficial and fill an existing void in the water resources field in our region. Currently, external pressures to this region continue to challenge our water resources and having an Advisor, an expert and academic, help to identify objectively how our region is functioning and how it can potentially improve is vital to a public dialogue. Many of our agencies are eager to implement local actions and projects and having an Advisor help in those activities would help expedite projects. Additionally, we continue to have forums and meetings to educated the Public and an Advisor could help in this effort.
Posted Jul 25, 2012 8:14 AM by Thaddeus Bettner, General Manager, Glenn-Colusa Irrigation District
A Water Resources Advisor at U.C. Cooperative Extension would be of great benefit to Colusa County, and would also be a very timely addition with the current focus on water supply and Bay Delta issues in Northern California. The Colusa County Resource Conservation District (CCRCD) has taken on several water-related tasks for the County, and we are in the final phases of completing a Watershed Management Plan for the Colusa Basin Watershed which we will begin implementing in 2013. A Water Resources Advisor would be a tremendous resource to help us spearhead water-related programs with landowners, and also to help Colusa County in developing its new Water Resources Department.
Posted Jul 26, 2012 7:51 AM by Colusa County Resource Conservation District
On behalf of the states 2500 rice farmers and 40 marketing organizations, the California Rice Commission strongly supports the addition of a water resources advisor for Colusa, Sutter and and Yuba counties. There is no greater issue facing agriculture and the state than ensuring water is used efficiently and effectively to produce food, drive economic activity and also to provide critical wildlife habitat. Also of great importance is an understanding of the significant regional differences in hydrology, cropping patterns and the habitat value of working ag lands. The state would greatly benefit form UC Extensions practical, on the ground support around this critical resource.
Posted Jul 27, 2012 11:02 AM by Tim Johnson, President & CEO California Rice Commission
The Sutter County Resource Conservation District (SCRCD) strongly supports the addition of a U.C. Cooperative Extension Water Resources Advisor for the Colusa/Yuba/Sutter Area. We believe there is no other natural resource issue more important than clean and available water for agriculture, communities, and the environment. SCRCD currently manages and coordinates numerous collaborative efforts to improve water quality and address water quantity issues. The addition of a local Water Resources Advisor will help SCRCD and other partners in this effort.

Posted Jul 27, 2012 11:51 AM by Larry Lloyd, District Manager, Sutter County Resource Conservation District
Sutter County is a strong agricultural community and is committed to maintaining and improving local water quality and quantity. The position of Water Resources Advisor would be a significant addition to the efforts already being undertaken by local agencies. The Sutter County CAO supports this request.
Posted Jul 30, 2012 4:56 PM by Megan M. Greve, Deputy County Administrative Officer, Sutter County
There is presently no dedicated UCCE expert on surface water quality issues to address topics such as toxic metal pollution, organic contaminants, and urban stormwater management. There is a strong demand for guidance on water quality that goes unmet by UCCE. There is also a nexus between water quality, watershed land use, lowland agriculture and reservoir operations. Experts with a watershed-scale perspective would help regional stakeholders manage water systems
Posted Jul 31, 2012 10:53 AM by Greg Pasternack
I have served as an Irrigation and Water Resources Farm Advisor in the northern Sacramento Valley for almost 13 years. I am headquartered in Red Bluff in Tehama County, about 85 miles from the Colusa County Cooperative Extension office and central Colusa County. It is a cross-county assignment including Tehama, Glenn, Colusa, and Shasta Counties. Examples of my past efforts targeted land use studies in the Sacramento River riparian corridor of Colusa County, development and adoption of a groundwater management plan for Colusa County, support of research and extension activities at Nickels Soils Lab related to almond and walnut irrigation management, and responding to requests for farm calls by Colusa County growers.

I support the proposed position for a Water Resources Advisor to serve Colusa, Sutter, and Yuba Counties. A position headquartered in the Sutter/Yuba County Cooperative Extension office is more centrally located to these counties and should better enable an Advisor to fulfill this position effectively. This position proposal is also timely and appears to align much better with the current administrative reorganization underway in Cooperative Extension.

This position should be high priority because it would seated in the Butte, Sutter, and Colusa basins which represent a hydrogeologic area with some of the most robust surface and groundwater resources remaining in California. Many agricultural water entities and water users in this area are innovative and realize they need to approach water resource management proactively to attain the most local benefit from their water resources and to demonstrate their capacity and limitations to contribute towards the resolve of water scarcity in the Delta, the San Joaquin Valley, and southern California. Their proactive approach to water resource management is vital for them to secure water supplies to meet their dynamic, long-term water demands and ultimately protect their historic water rights.

The Yuba County Water Agency (YCWA) provides an example. Water resources are managed to achieve multiple, concurrent benefits such as: hydropower generation, flood control, sustain local irrigated agriculture, and respond to water needs for local urban expansion and local fisheries and habitat. Attention is on increasing the efficiency of local water use by practicing conjunctive (coordinated) management of surface and groundwater resources, and demonstrating how and to what extent that they can or cannot contribute to resolve water scarcity problems in other areas of California. This approach to water management aligns with research and knowledge generated by various entities of the University of California such as the Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Center for Watershed Sciences. It also aligns with the California Department of Water Resources emphasis on Integrated Regional Water Management.

Making this position high priority fills an important void that might otherwise be filled by another institution or through the private sector. It would place an Advisor in a role where they can establish themselves as a respected member in these communities where water resource management is important locally, regionally, and statewide. This individual can serve important roles as an objective scientist and educator on water issues that are often sensitive. The Advisor can be a valuable liaison between various centers and divisions of the University of California and water management entities and water users in the area. The Advisor may also be a local source of technical knowledge to assist with on-farm irrigation management. Hiring this position has tremendous potential for developing new and constructive partnerships that will be beneficial to the citizens of Colusa, Sutter, and Yuba Counties and to the University of California.

I would welcome the additional capacity to address water resource management issues in the Sacramento Valley and look forward to working with this Advisor.
Posted Aug 1, 2012 9:02 AM by Allan Fulton
Yuba County Water Agency strongly supports a Water Resources Advisor for Yuba, Sutter and Colusa counties. This position would be a significant addition to the efforts already being undertaken by local entities. Water is one of the primary economic drivers for Yuba County. The region is facing significant water issues and judging from the past, the water related issues will only increase over time. The Water Resources Advisor will play an important role in how well our region is addressing the issues, what improvements can be made and improving the public dialog. An objective independent expert will add a valuable resource and voice to the continued improvement in use of our scarce water resources.
Posted Aug 2, 2012 9:51 AM by Curt Aikens, General Manager, Yuba County Water Agency
I wholly support the UC ANR ‘Water Resources Advisor’ position, whose duties are critical to addressing issues of concern for Colusa, Sutter and Yuba County’s agriculture and natural resources. As a collaborative partner with UCCE, this position is essential for our regional sustainability.

Approval of this vital position to assist all concerned Colusa, Sutter and Yuba County residents is paramount.
Posted Aug 2, 2012 9:59 AM by Mark Quisenberry, Agricultural Commissioner, County of Sutter
The Colusa County Farm Bureau (CCFB) strongly supports the Water Resources Advisor position. Water is a critical issue for Colusa County as well as the State. It is complex between flood control, storage, quality, ground water, habitat and basic availabity.The Water Resource Advisor could play a vital role in providing technical information to the growers and to the general public. Water is a sensitive issue that will only grow in time. The position of Water Advisor would be a great asset to all of the partners throughout Colusa, Sutter and Yuba counties.
Posted Aug 2, 2012 11:22 AM by Melodie Johnson, Executive Manager of Colusa County Farm Bureau

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