Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Water and Agriculture

It is not possible to separate the use of water by agriculture in California from the total use. Irrigation for agriculture uses more that half of all the water that comes out of the Central Valley and you can not solve the problem in isolation.

That is why I find hope in the way that Restore the Delta has structured it's next meeting. This session provides an understanding of what local farmers truly need (not what some lobby organizations say they need) as well as a discussion of how to get deliver what is needed without trying to "fool Mother Nature."

Here is the entire press release for this very important meeting:
Protecting Delta Farmers:

Meeting California’s Water Needs Through Conservation

On the evening of March 6, 2008 Restore the Delta will hold a community event featuring:

John Herrick, General Manager of the South Delta Water Agency
Heather Cooley from the Pacific Institute!

Mr. Herrick will speak on the water needs of Delta farmers, Delta water quality, and the history of water for Delta farmers.

Ms. Cooley will talk about how water conservation can help to restore the Delta and meet the state’s water needs.

The event will be held at the Sunset Bar and Grill at Tower Park Resort 14900 W. Highway 12, Lodi. A dinner buffet will be available at 6:00 p.m. The program will begin at 6:45 and last until 8:15 p.m. Dinner costs $20 per person, including tax and gratuities, and is payable at the door. Restore the Delta will provide coffee and dessert.

In addition, Restore the Delta will be asking for a free will donation to cover the program and to help with general fundraising. Please RSVP to Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla at your earliest convenience in order to confirm your attendance at dinner and the event.

Both dinner and the program are open to the community, and because Restore the Delta is a community organization, we have secured several scholarships so that interested students, or community members living on a limited income, can attend dinner and the event free of charge. To arrange for a scholarship, please contact Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla at Barbara@restorethedelta.org.

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