Balancing groundwater and surface water use can be complex in regions where neither is abundant. Groundwater is a finite resource, and therefore groundwater must be “recharged” after use or refilled. Therefore, in regions where both surface water and groundwater supplies are essential to maintaining a reliable water supply, water districts must manage the interactions between surface water and groundwater.
Dan Balbas is a berry grower for Reiter Farms, producing berries that are marketed under the Driscolls label. Balbas discusses what farmers and the Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency are doing to address the groundwater problem.
In addition to these success stories, the Pacific Institute and other members of the California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply have launched an Interactive Database and Map which contains more than 30 case studies, including the Pacific Institute’s success stories, and is searchable by location, production type, irrigation method, and stewardship practice.
Read the California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply press release.