Water Conservation Field Day - New Date

Water Conservation Field Day - New Date

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 11:00am to 2:00pm

Water conservation is a critical issue to all residents of Sonoma County. As a service to the agricultural community during this time of drought, the Sonoma County Water Agency (SCWA), in conjunction with the Sonoma County Wine Grape Commission, Sonoma County Farm Bureau and the United Winegrowers of Sonoma County is hosting Vineyard Water Conservation Field Days in the Alexander Valley. The field day will feature a demonstration project funded by SCWA that has been installed at Hoot Owl Creek Vineyards / Alexander Valley Vineyards, 8595 Highway 128, which is just north of Alexander Valley School near Healdsburg.

Alternative irrigation practices, soil and plant moisture measurement techniques, low-volume vineyard cooling, rooting and wetting patterns will be showcased in a manner to allow for open discussion. Demonstration manager and viticulture consultant, Mark Greenspan will be on-site to discuss the projects and address any specific questions you might have.

Following the field demonstration, Arturo Carvajal, NRCS Water Management Engineer, will discuss distribution uniformity. Valerie Sherron, Sotoyome RCD will discuss water conservation cost sharing programs available to growers. Presentations will be followed by lunch sponsored by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance with grant funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Service, and by Sotoyome RCD. Alexander Valley Vineyards will be the wine sponsor for the events.

Please attend this important event, not only to learn but to share and to demonstrate the winegrowing community’s support for water conservation to the general public.

The program begins at 11:00 a.m. and lunch will be provided!

RSVP Required by August 6th to info@sonomawinegrape.org
or by fax: 707-522-5866. RSVP form attached below.

August 12
11:00 – 2:00
Hoot Owl Creek and Alexander Valley Vineyards
8595 Hwy 128, Healdsburg

11:00 a.m.       Welcome, Nick Frey, Sonoma County Winegrape Commission

11:10 a.m.       Sonoma County Water Agency Irrigation Demonstration
Dr. Mark Greenspan, Advanced Viticulture, LLC, will showcase alternative irrigation practices, rooting and wetting patterns, soil and plant moisture measurement techniques, and low-volume vineyard cooling.

12:00 p.m.       Arturo Carvajal, NRCS Water Management Engineer 
Dr. Carvajal will present "Distribution Uniformity"

12:45 p.m.       Valerie Sherron, Sotoyome RCD
Valerie will discuss EQIP and other cost sharing programs available to growers.

1:00 p.m.        Lunch with Alexander Valley Vineyards wine.


Water Conservation Field Day Sponsors

Sonoma County Water Agency
Sonoma County Winegrape Commission
Sonoma County Farm Bureau
Sotoyome Resource Conservation District
California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance
Alexander Valley Vineyards
Natural Resources Conservation Service