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Agriculture Water Use Regulation Workshop


Agriculture Water Use Regulation Workshop

Regulation, Legislation and Drought Workshop  

Farmers and Ranchers in Sonoma and Mendocino counties are invited to attend a meeting on agricultural water use in the Russian River watershed. The meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 24, from 9 a.m. - noon at the Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds located at 1 Citrus Fair Drive in Cloverdale.  

The workshop covers the Russian River Frost Regulation and how to comply with it; the Upper Russian River Water Rights Curtailment and its lifting; Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, its effects on agriculture, and the actions we should take; and the update on the USDA insurance programs.  

RSVP to attend by November 20, to: Devon Jones email or call 707-462-6664.  

This meeting is presented in conjunction with a USDA Risk Management Agreement and is sponsored by Mendocino County Farm Bureau, Mendocino Winegrowers, Sonoma County Farm Bureau and Sonoma County Winegrape Commission. 

Schedule of Events
Frost Water Regulation and What It Means for 2015:

Devon Jones, Mendocino County Farm Bureau;
Karissa Kruse, Sonoma Wine Grape Commission   

Review of Regulation Requirements:
DeeDee D’Adamo and Steve Moore, SWRCB Board Members
John O’Hagan, SWRCB Assistant Deputy Director of Water Right
Kyle Wooldridge, SWRCB Water Resources Control Engineer  

Water Demand Management Program (WDMP) Development Ideas:
Sean White, Russian River Flood Control District
Doug McIlroy, Russian River Water Conservation Council
Al Cadd, Russian River Property Owners Association  

Independent Science Review Panel Update:
Laurel Marcus, California Land Stewardship Institute  

2014 Russian River Curtailment Process:  
Kathy Mrowka, SWRCB Water Rights Enforcement Section Manager  

Proposal for the Russian River Tributaries:  
Paula Whealen, Wagner and Bonsignore  

Proposal for the Russian River Mainstem: 
Pam Jeane, Sonoma County Water Agency  

Ground Water Legislation.  How Can Ag Be Prepared?
Chris Scheuring/ Jack Rice: California Farm Bureau Federation
Tito Sasaki: Sonoma County Farm Bureau  

2015 Agricultural Insurance Programs. Applications and Upcoming Deadlines. Crop Insurance and Whole Farm Revenue Protection:
James Otto, USDA Risk Management Agency  

For more information please contact:  

Sonoma County Farm Bureau  

P: 707.544.5575

F: 707.544.7452