Flood-MAR Ag Community Listening Session
DWR hosted a listening session in Merced in mid-January with members from the agricultural and rural communities to raise awareness about projects that use floodwaters for groundwater recharge (i.e., Flood-MAR). Feedback from the listening session will help inform DWR’s Flood-MAR program and the list of research, data, and tools that are currently being compiled by Flood-MAR Research Advisory Committee.
During the listening session, participants:
+Learned about Flood-MAR.
+Heard from local farmers about their experience in implementing recharge projects, including:
- Terranova Ranch near Fresno
- Blom Farms in Modesto
+Heard from State representatives of:
- CA Department of Water Resources
CA State Board of Food & Agriculture
- CA State Water Resources Control Board
+Heard from Merced Irrigation District about available tools
+Connected with agricultural and rural community members to share and learn about opportunities for recharge project implementation
+Weighed in on Flood-MAR project implementation concerns, including:
- Barriers and challenges
Research, data, tools, and information needs
Participants were also encouraged to respond to a survey about landowner experiences with planned or unplanned flooding of their lands. The survey will remain open at:
If you missed the January 14th listening session, you can access the agenda, PowerPoint presentation, and a summary of the meeting here.