Local experts lead panel about On- Farm Water Conservation

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Doug Cox looks out on the Colorado River from Imperial Dam, which he manages. Through the 1930s dam, about a fifth of the Colorado River's water goes to irrigate about 1,200 square miles of farmland.
Doug Cox looks out on the Colorado River from Imperial Dam, which he manages. Through the 1930s dam, about a fifth of the Colorado River’s water goes to irrigate about 1,200 square miles of farmland.

California Farm Water Coalition executive director Mike Wade and Westlands Water District deputy general manager Jason Peltier keynote speakers at 2013 Imperial Valley Quarterly Water Forum

 

 (El Centro, CA) – California Farm Water Coalition executive director Mike Wade and Westlands Water district deputy general manager Jason Peltier were the lunch keynote speakers at the 2013 Imperial Valley Quarterly Water Forum on November 14, 2013 held at the Barbara Worth Resort in Holtville, Ca.

The Forum program featured the panel titled “On-Farm Conservation — Lessons Learned” that included the following speakers: Khaled M. Bali, irrigation/water management advisor University of California Desert Research & Extension Center in Holtville, CA  and county director of the UC Cooperative Extension – Imperial County.; Alex Jack, farmer, Jack Bros., Inc.; J.P. LaBrucherie, farmer, LaBrucherie Produce; Gabriel Padilla, general manager, LaBrucherie Irrigation Supply; Nick Godsey, controller, LaBrucherie Irrigation and panel moderator Stephen W. Benson, director, Imperial Irrigation Distinct, Division 4.

“The expertise and insight the speakers brought on water conservation strategies provided a great opportunity to explore how local farmers and other regions are addressing the demand to meet increasing water conservation goals,” said Benson. “The event also provided an open forum to discuss the challenges that still lie ahead.”

Jason Peltier brings a wealth of experience and knowledge on water conservation. Previously he served for six years as the principal deputy assistant sectary for water and science at the Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C. and for twelve years served as the manager of the Central Valley Project Water Association.

Mike Wade joined the California Farm Water Coalition as executive director in 1998. He concurrently serves as the Agricultural Water Management Council executive director. Previously he served for eleven years as the Merced County Farm Bureau executive director and for five years as the California Christmas Tree Association executive director. During that time he represented agricultural interests at the county, state and national levels.