Water Series: Pt 3 ~ Practical Tools & Resources ~ FarmsReach Water & Irrigation Toolkit!


We’re happy to focus our third installment in our Water & Drought Management Series on the FarmsReach Water & Irrigation Toolkit. It provides checklists, info sheets, calculators and more detailed, practical references to help you better conserve water resources, improve water quality and efficiency, and learn more about water issues in California in general.

All of our Toolkit resources were recommended by our Featured Farmers, partners and the community. Below is a sampling of just 10 of the resources…We hope they provide some practical ideas and tools to start thinking differently about water management in your operation! And, be sure to check out the rest of the Water & Irrigation resources list, including more information on the Bay Delta Tunnels and Fracking.

The State of Water in CA
Screen Shot 2014-02-20 at 1.32.05 PMDrought in CA
Learn about the drought in CA, including impacts, predictors and state-wide mitigation strategies.
Source: CA Department of Water Resources

Screen Shot 2014-02-20 at 1.34.39 PMHydrologic Conditions in CA
Monitor precipitation, reservoir storage, regional water supply indices and snowpack water content. Updated monthly.
Source: CA Department of Water Resources

Efficiency via Irrigation

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Drought-Proofing Your Farm
Learn strategies to optimize irrigation system design and efficiency on your operation.
Source: CAWSI

Screen Shot 2014-02-20 at 1.39.38 PMMeasuring and Conserving Irrigation Water
Get tips to more easily calculate irrigation hours, measure flow rates and techniques to irrigate with limited water resources.
Source: ATTRA

Efficiency via Soil Management
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California Water Stewards: Innovative On-farm Water Management Practices
Interesting case studies highlighting innovative water management practices, including costs, benefits and lessons learned.
Source: CA Institute for Rural Studies

Efficiency via Plant Selection
Screen Shot 2014-02-20 at 1.43.16 PMSmart Water Use on Your Farm or Ranch
Learn water conservation practices, including soil, plant and livestock, and water management techniques.
Source: Sustainable Agriculture Network

Water Quality
Screen Shot 2014-02-20 at 1.45.06 PMUC GAPs Grower Guide to Irrigation Water Sampling for Microbial Food Safety Audit Compliance
Step by step process for irrigation water sampling.
Source: UC ANR

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Protecting Surface Water from Sediment-Associated Pesticides in Furrow-Irrigated Crops
Learn how to reduce the impact of pesticides on surface water quality when runoff occurs from irrigated crops.
Source: UC ANR


Screen Shot 2014-02-20 at 1.47.55 PMSprinkler Irrigation Calculator
Calculate the precipitation rate/nozzle discharge, pipe friction loss and velocity, pump break horsepower and more.
Source: Rain Bird

To find more resources on water management, quality, efficiency, conservation and more, see our Water & Irrigation Toolkit. Also, in case you missed Pt 1 & 2 of our drought management series, check them out!

If you have questions, words of wisdom or other great tips for the many farmers dealing with the drought, visit our Conversations Page and post a question or comment!

If you have other great water management resources to share, get in touch with me: evaa@farmsreach.com. We’d love to hear from you!

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