Droughts are an increasingly challenging part of water management in California, and droughts have a significant effect on the Sacramento Valley. As part of our ongoing efforts to prepare for dry conditions, the NCWA Board of Directors and water resource managers throughout the region convened earlier this year. The themes and recommendations that follow were presented in these meetings. Please see the attached document.Click Here
STWEC and fellow northern Sacramento Valley sub-watershed coalitions presented to the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board (Regional Board) during the October 14th meeting held in Redding. The goals of the presentation were to highlight for the Regional Board that surface and groundwater quality conditions are very different in the upper watersheds because of the stewardship that is taking place, and to appeal to the Regional Board to change the requirement that any area is deemed high vulnerability (HVA) just because it has a management plan.
View the PowerPoint presentation given by the following; Pam Giacomini (Hat Creek), UC Cooperative Extension Advisor Larry Forero, Resource Conservation District of Tehama County Manager Vicky Dawley, NeCWA Board President Ted de Braga, NeCWA Watershed Coordinator Tami Humphry, and NCWA Director of Regulatory Affairs Bruce Houdesheldt. The Regional Board was receptive to the presentation with staff indicating further discussions should take place.
Online Data Management Tool
Complete your required Farm Evaluation including your NMP Summary Report online with the new Data Management Tool (DMT). Your own log-in allows access to only your STWEC membership information. Get started with the DMT How-To Guide. Members will no longer receive a Farm Evaluation in the post mail. Please contact STWEC if internet access is not available or in need of assistance.
CEU: New Courses Available
Continuing Education Courses have been added to the CURES website (RSVP required) for approved CEU hours to meet your Nitrogen Management Plan requirements until 2021:
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Course Title: Spring Almond Nutrient and Water Management Field Day
Date: Tuesday, 3/26/2019
Time: 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Course Credit Hours: 3.0
Location: Chico State University Farm Pecan Orchard (see agenda for details)
Agenda: UC Cooperative Extension, UC Davis, CDFA FREP, ABC Agenda
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Nitrogen Management Plan Worksheet (NMP)
The California Fertilization Guidelines for tree and field crops is based on research by FREP, CDFA and UC Davis.
A tool for estimating the amount of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium that is removed by the harvest of agricultural crops is available through the USDAs Nutrient Content of Crops Calculator. This resource corresponds with the Post Production Actuals, item 13 N Removed on the NMP Worksheet.
Fertilizers and Nutrient Sources Fact Sheet is available for brief information about the production, agricultural use, management practices, and chemical properties of common synthetic fertilizer materials.
Wellhead Protection Guide
Detailed information regarding the “Good Housekeeping" Practices option listed under wellhead protection on the Farm Evaluation is available in the Guide for Private Domestic Well Owners.
Maximize Cover Crop NRCS's Lockeford Plant Materials Center conducts trials year-round to find plants and mixes that producers can successfully use to improve their soils.(<4 min)
Higher Yield Orchard Overview of practices to implement to improve yields as well as pest and disease management (<3 min) Deeper Living Project