Soil, Water, and Irrigation - General Publications
Through the 13 activities in this 4-H Youth Development unit, participants will explore relationships between the people and the salmon and steelhead that live, or once lived, within their community's watershed.
California Master Gardener Tip Sheet. A water garden can be a beautiful thing, but you need to avoid growing invasive water plants that can spread into natural waterways. Three mini-posters, five pages of text, plus links to useful resources.
With long, hot, dry summers common to most areas of the state, California lawns generally need watering for much of the year. Learn how to use water more efficiently as water demands and costs go up and drought conditions continue.
A helpful guide on reducing agricultural runoff from irrigated properties caused by irrigation practices or winter rainfall.
Full Title: Oxidation-Reduction Potential (ORP) for Water Disinfection Monitoring, Control, and Documentation. Large volumes of water are commonly used during postharvest handling of minimally processed fruits and vegetables. Water disinfection is a critical step in minimizing the potential transmission of pathogens from a water source to produce.
Full Title: Pesticide Choice: Best Management Practice (BMP) for Protecting Surface Water Quality in Agriculture. How to make pest control decisions that will minimize the potential for harm to surface water quality.
Full Title: Postharvest Chlorination: Basic Properties & Key Points for Effective Distribution. Chlorination of process water is one of the key elements of a properly managed postharvest sanitation program. When used in an overall safety management program, chlorination is effective, inexpensive, and may be used in operations of any size.
Farmers in the arid Southwest are looking at new water use strategies, including conservation and reuse, as increasing human populations in the area compete with agricultural uses. Find out what methods are available and what legal restrictions apply.
Full Title: Water Disinfection: A Practical Approach to Calculating Dose Values for Preharvest and Postharvest Applications. Water is used to irrigate, wash, and transport produce before and after harvest. This publication tells how to keep that water clean and free of pathogens.
Full Title: Water Quality Treatment for Livestock Feeding and Exercise Areas on California Coastal Dairy Farms and Ranches. When dairy cattle are concentrated in exercise lots and other areas, trampled vegetation and increased manure can pose a pollution risk for nearby streams. Learn how to minimize this risk with good land and livestock management.
The basic hows and whys of agricultural water use, presented in a way that is useful to non-farmers. This is an unaltered scan of the 1986 print edition, now available as an Adobe Acrobat PDF document.
This ESL curriculum focuses on environmental issues that are relevant to many recent immigrants living in arid, urban situations. Use in conjunction with the Teacher's Edition (Publication 8312).
This ESL curriculum focuses on environmental issues that are relevant to many recent immigrants living in arid, urban situations. Use in conjunction with the Student Workbook (Publication 8311).