Join Water Wrights, the Tulare County Farm Bureau and the WET Center at Fresno State for the second SGMA Survival Tool Kit on Thursday, May 30th from 3:00-6:00 pm at the Exeter Memorial Building 324 N. Kaweah Ave, Exeter, CA 93221.
There is no charge and Gar Tootelian will be providing us BBQ beef sandwiches, the American Pistachio Growers Association will provide us pistachios and [Don Wright’s] 81-year old mother baked 300 homemade cookies. Tulare Farm Bureau is bringing bottled water and I’ve heard a rumor the California Milk Producers Council might show up with some milk or ice cream or who knows? butter squares and yogurt. There will be door prizes as well.
This is not a GSA meeting or a DWR or State or Regional Board meeting; there will be some DWR folks there to help with the interpretation of the law but not to tell us what to do. And of course GSAs will be a topic but the message about them will be – they are our neighbors doing some heavy lifting. They are not the enemy and need our support and input.
This meeting is about what farmers can do to prepare for SGMA before it’s implemented next year. Are their wells and irrigation systems operating optimally? Is their monitoring and record keeping up to speed? Do they have their legal and real estate ducks in a row? There are experts speaking on these subjects but we will be encouraging growers to speak as well.