Sustainable Pasture Irrigation at SFREC – University of California

Water dependence in today’s society makes it an invaluable resource towards consumption, sanitation and agriculture. The University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources is actively investigating management practices to ensure water-wise irrigation methods. In addition, the Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center has placed focus on water quality, runoff, and irrigation efficiency. A recent project monitors surface runoff and soil moisture content in flood irrigated pastures in attempts to ultimately estimate the efficiency of a “wild flood” surface irrigation system. By taking the initiative to research innovative water management practices and develop a better understanding of sustainable irrigation methods, SFREC and the entire UCANR division are enabling water availability and conservation for the future.

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