Wednesday, 25 October 2023

Some Pajaro Valley Farms are Paid to Solve California’s Water Crisis by Returning Stormwater to the Ground

The Bokariza-Drobac Infiltration Basin on Driscoll’s property east of Watsonville. (Alix Soliman / Lookout Santa Cruz)by Alix Soliman | Lookout Santa Cruz

Can agriculture, long considered a drain on the state’s water resources, help solve California’s water crisis? In the Pajaro Valley, some farmers are being paid to return stormwater to the ground. The effort is part of a joint project among local agencies, landowners and UC Santa Cruz to install groundwater recharge basins on some local farms. Participating farms receive cash rebates based on how much water they capture. But while early results are promising, many challenges remain.

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