Technical Support Resources



A project of the Water Education Foundation, Aquapedia is an interactive online water encyclopedia that provides easy-to-understand factual information on topical water issues.

Directory of Useful Information

Compiled by water blogger, Maven, this directory contains links to agencies and organizations at work in the Delta, as well as links to useful web resources.

USDA Water Quality Information Center

The center provides electronic access to information on water quality and agriculture by collecting, organizing, and communicating the scientific findings, educational methodologies, and public policy issues related to water quality and agriculture.

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California State University

California State University Fresno offers the Center for Irrigation Technology to develop best practices to manage agricultural water use and crop water use efficiency includingAPEP, the on-farm pump efficiency program funded by PG&E. The CalPoly Irrigation Training and Research Center provides programmatic irrigation training and technical expertise to industry, farmers, irrigation districts and state/federal agencies for system management either on-farm or agency delivery systems.

Carpe Diem West and Carpe Diem West Academy

Carpe Diem West is a non-profit 501c(3) organization that leads a broad-based network of experts, advocates, economists, decision makers and scientists to address the profound impacts the growing climate crisis is having on water in the American West. The work of the organization gives context for why the practices in this Ag Water Resource Center are needed. The Carpe Diem West Academy provides a compendium of information and tools for water and energy managers

Coalition for Urban/Rural Environmental Stewardship

The mission of CURES is to create and deliver science-based solutions and education to ensure that tools to control pests and grow plants are used in ways that protect people and the environment. CURES specializes in projects and educational efforts to promote environmental responsibility through implementation of effective best management practices (BMPs) for protecting water and air quality.

Natural Resources Conservation Service

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides a wide range of support and information options, including assistance with drought planning through the creation of conservation plans. NRCS has compiled a Drought Page with further helpful information and resources. See also the NRCS publication: Effective Irrigation Practices to Improve Short Term and Long Term Water Management.

Russian River Coho Water Resources Partnership

The landowner tools section of the site includes information on water savings, frost protection, stormwater catchment, groundwater recharge, and permitting. The Partnership released a video about their work in 2012.

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Appropriate Technology Transfer to Rural Areas

Appropriate Technology Transfer to Rural Areas (ATTRA) is a project of the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT). The website includes sustainable agriculture and organic farming news, events, publications and funding opportunities. ATTRA has published an excellent Drought Resource Guide, which covers soil management, pasture and rangeland management, irrigation, and water management.

Farm Water Quality Planning

The Farm Water Quality Planning program is a coordinated effort by UC Agriculture and Natural Resources and USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service with the goal of improving water quality education to the irrigated agriculture industry in California.

Pacific Institute, Sustainable Water Management

The Pacific Institute works to create a healthier planet and sustainable communities by conducting interdisciplinary research and partnering with stakeholders to produce solutions that advance environmental protection, economic development, and social equity in California, nationally, and internationally.

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program

The Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SARE) website includes information on grants and education to advance sustainable innovations within American agriculture. SARE also published Smart Water Use on Your Farm and Ranch, an overview of soil, water, and crop management options for sound water use.

Water As A Crop Initiative

A program of the Sand County Foundation, the mission of the Water As A Crop Initiative is to empower landowners with knowledge and resources to effectively improve the conservation of water.

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Data & Analysis

California Water Rights Atlas

The Water Rights Atlas was created by the Resource Renewal Institute by organizing and distilling state-level data to improve efficiency and access for water resource managers and the public.

California Department of Water Resources

Since releasing the Integrated Water Resources Information System (IRWIS) to the public, a page has been created to provide a list of useful, alternative resources, tools and web pages related to groundwater management.

Spatial CIMIS

The Spatial CIMIS page provides the ability to view daily reference evapotranspiration (ETo), daily solar radiation (Rs), station location, and long-term average ETo zones maps and to generate daily ETo and Rs data at 2 km spatial resolution for the State of California.

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General Resources

Alternative Farming Systems Information Center

Alternative Farming Systems Information Center (AFSIC), a resource of the USDA, identifies resources about sustainable food systems and practices to ensure a sustainable future for agriculture and farmers worldwide. AFSIC includes a page on water conservation resources.

Aquafornia: The California Water News Blog

Aquafornia is owned by the Water Education Foundation, and covers California water news from both traditional and non-traditional news sources, presenting the many sides and views of the water picture, with the goal of fostering understanding of various positions and discussion toward resolution of these often controversial issues. Aquafornia also includes a section on research and publications.

CalCAN Water Stewardship for Climate Resilience Webinar

This webinar includes presentations on how on-farm water use efficiency measures and on-farm water storage can enhance the resiliency of farming operations to water scarcity and climate change. Speakers include John Green and Brittany Heck, Gold Ridge RCD, and Kevin Greer, Tehama RCD.

CAWSI YouTube Channel

The CAWSI YouTube Channel contains a collection of videos categorized into different playlists focusing on specific water stewardship practices. These videos can also be found in the CAWSI Interactive Database of Ag Water Stewardship Case Studies.

Conservation Videos

In December 2011, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in California released eight YouTube videos, providing a quick glimpse into some of the Agency’s most popular conservation opportunities.

Drought Proofing Your Farm

This comprehensive checklist of on-farm drought management strategies and practices was presented by UC Cooperative Extension Irrigation and Water Resources Advisor, Michael Cahn, at the Ecological Farming Conference, January 22, 1010.

Guide to Beneficial Management Practices for Specialty Crop Farmers

Released by the American Farmland Trust, this guide matches California’s leading specialty crops with specific farming practices, their environmental benefits and sources of funding to pay for their use. It outlines practices that reduce pollution, conserve water and energy, improve wildlife habitat, and moderate climate change. Included is a list of practices that are beneficial to water use efficiency.

Low Cost Methods of Measuring Diverted Water

Published by UC Agriculture and Natural Resources, this resource assists water right holders in using simple and inexpensive methods of measuring diverted surface water.

Recharge: EcoFarm’s Water Blog

This blog serves as a community forum, highlighting issues and solutions pertaining to ecological agriculture and on-farm water use management practices.

The Water Cycle

This web page provides many links to discussions of the hydrologic cycle, including primers on evaporation and transpiration from various scientific organizations. There are diagrams and videos that would be useful to explain the water cycle to a general audience.

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