Sustaining California Agriculture in an Uncertain Future -- July 2009

The report Sustaining California Agriculture in an Uncertain Future by the Pacific Institute follows More with Less: Agricultural Water Conservation and Efficiency in California - A Special Focus on the Delta and maintains that California agriculture can flourish despite diminishing water supply and future uncertainty from climate change, but it will require great strides in increasing the water efficiency of the agricultural sector.

While they point out that many farmers and irrigation districts have already been making water-use efficiency improvements, their analysis estimates that potential water savings of 4.5 - 6 million acre-feet each year can be achieved by expanding the use of efficient irrigation technologies and management practices.

Butte County General Plan News

Not much is happening right now. The administrative draft has been out for staff and department heads to mark up. The public draft is scheduled for August, but budget problems may cause that to slide.

Check on the General Plan home page for updates.

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