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Yolo County farmers’ perspectives on water management and the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

These three reports summarize the findings of a survey of Yolo County farmers, focusing on their concerns, preferences and practices.

Vishal Mehta / Published on 17 July 2019
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Niles, M.T., Wagner, C.H., Mehta, V.K. and Sicke, K. (2019). Yolo County Farmers’ Perspectives on Water Management and the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). Research Briefings 1, 2 and 3. University of Vermont, Stockholm Environment Institute (US) and Yolo County Flood Control & Water Conservation District.

Photo: Phil Hogan / USDA.

Yolo County is largely rural and agricultural. Farmer concerns, experiences, practices, and perceptions play an important role in our basin’s groundwater sustainability.

In 2017, a mail survey was sent out to 638 farmers and landowners in Yolo County. The survey included questions about farm characteristics, perceptions of change in the county, water scarcity and management practices, the SGMA policy, groundwater sustainability, and demographics. The survey received 137 responses – a response rate of 22%.

These three briefings summarize the findings of that survey, focusing on farmers’ concerns and perceptions of groundwater conditions (Briefing 1), farmers’ participation and policy preferences for SGMA (Briefing 2), and farmers’ current and future groundwater management practices (Briefing 3).

These briefings are a joint effort by researchers at SEI, the University of Vermont, and the Yolo County Flood Control & Water Conservation District. It is an output of a project to help prepare Yolo County for the implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA).

The authors of these reports are Meredith T. Niles and Courtney Hammond Wagner from the University of Vermont, Vishal Mehta from SEI, and Kristin Sicke from the Yolo County Flood Control & Water Conservation District.

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