Gold Rush: California grower captures 158 acre-feet of stormwater in 10 days!
California AgNet introduces us to a fifth-generation grape and nut grower who took matters into her own hands to install an on-farm groundwater recharge basin.
A tremendous amount of snow and rainfall blessed California this spring. This comes after years of drought reduced the groundwater supply, stressing trees and vines.
Farmers across the region are doing whatever they can in this brief time of plenty to not only irrigate their drought-stressed crops but also work to recharge the groundwater supply beneath their fields to support future production.
California AgNet caught up with Jennifer Peters, a grape and nut grower, who was able to install an on-farm groundwater recharge basin and capture much of this stormwater in a very short time.
But, how quickly can a farmer prepare their land to re-purpose this snow melt into groundwater for recharge purposes? And what does the process require?
Peters, a fifth-generation tree farmer, walked AgNet through the custom setup she built on her farm, which yielded back 158 acre-feet of stormwater to the soil in just 10 days!
Story via California AgNet.