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Agricultural Water Management l: When You Don’t Have Enough!

March 19 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Free
irrigation

Got Water?

In Western Washington, when the topic of water comes up, it’s often about having too much. But, as we’ve seen in recent summers, the region can be subjected to months-long droughts that can devastate food and forage production.

Farms are turning to well and surface water more often to help their crops survive. Recent court and legislative changes have muddied the legal use of these waters even further. As with so many things, the less you know now, the more it may cost you later.

To help address these challenges and more, WSU King County Extension, Snoqualmie Watershed Improvement District, King Conservation District, and King County are sponsoring a workshop focused on access to – and smart use of – Water.

Join us Monday, March 19, 2018  from 6:30-9:30pm at the Sno-Valley Senior Center, 4610 Stephens Ave, Carnation, WA for Agricultural Water Management (AWM) I – When You Don’t Have Enough!

Speakers include John Rose from WA Dept of Ecology on the topic of water rights, including what recent court and legislative decisions regarding Instream Flow Water Rights mean for farmers and other landowners.  For those with no legal access to water, the answer might lie in a water bank, AKA a local Water Improvement District. Amanda Cronin, currently with AMP Insights, has led the development of water banks across Washington. She will provide an introduction into what water banks are and the benefits they provide to landowners.

One result from recent water decisions is increased requirements for water usage monitoring. Katie Englin from Seametrics will discuss flow meter installation and usage. Troy Peters, a  WSU irrigation specialist, will focus on different strategies to use what you have most efficiently along with a discussion of soil moisture monitoring. And for those able to make use of surface waters, Sean Taylor from WA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife will discuss the installation and maintenance of screens to reduce the impacts of irrigation on fish.

The workshop is free, however, we ask that you pre-register to ensure we have enough materials available for everyone. Free online registration at AgWater.EventBrite.com. For more information, contact Kate Ryan kate.ryan@wsu.edu, (425) 357-6024.

Other workshops in the series include: AWM ll – When You Have Too Much! Monday, April 16, 2018 and AWM lll – Developing a Farm Flood Plan Monday, May 21, 2018.

Extension programs and policies are consistent with federal and state laws and regulations on nondiscrimination regarding race, color, gender, national origin, religion, age, disability, and sexual orientation. Evidence of non-compliance may be reported through your local Extension Office. Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities and special needs who contact Kevin Wright, 1000 Oakesdale Ave. SW, Ste. 140, Renton, WA 98057-5207 (206) 263-1919 wrightkc@wsu.edu at least two weeks prior to the event.

Details

Date:
March 19
Time:
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Cost:
Free
Event Categories:
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Website:
https://AgWater.EventBrite.com

Organizer

Kate Ryan
Phone:
(425) 357-6024
Email:
kate.ryan@wsu.edu

Venue

Sno-Valley Senior Center
4610 Stephens Ave
Carnation, WA 98014 United States
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Phone:
(425) 333-4152
Website:
https://snovalleysenior.org/