Nevada County Food Policy Council: Dealing with drought

As California is facing increasing drought conditions, there is serious concern as to how the lack of water will affect our food supply in the near and distant future. Photo taken at Hillview Farm.

As California is facing increasing drought conditions, there is serious concern as to how the lack of water will affect our food supply in the near and distant future. Farmers and ranchers throughout the state have been vocal in their dissatisfaction of conservation measures for many years as government officials seek to ensure that there is enough water to supply everyone’s needs.

Here in Nevada County, we have several farms and ranches that are trying to find ways to keep their operations afloat as the water table diminishes. Nevada Irrigation District, which manages the majority of our local water supply, has been undergoing a public collaboration process titled “The Plan for Water” to determine the best ways to meet the community’s demand for water over the coming decades. The process will include a review of NID’s available water supply and the long-term impacts on varying water demands through an 11-stage process that will address questions and concerns to create a 50-year water plan for the region. “When complete, the Plan will show how future supply and demand scenarios may be integrated into the District’s water management practices to ensure the community enjoys the same high-quality water and reliable water system it has now and for the past 100 years,” their website states.

Nevada County Food Policy Council: Dealing with drought

California Farm Bureau advocates at the state and federal level for all farmers’ and ranchers’ water rights. Photo taken at Foothill Roots Farm.

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