Exploring the Land-Water Intersection in the San Joaquin Valley

Oct 27, 2016 (Last modified Mar 28, 2017)
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A Pilot Project to Demonstrate the Utility of the San Joaquin Valley Greenprint and the Data Basin Platform

February 28th Webinar Recording Available Here

Click the link above to watch our latest webinar. We are planning on scheduling an additional webinar the week of March 27th.

Project Summary

Land and water resources are both critical to agriculture in the San Joaquin Valley and other Mediterranean climates in California. These resources are under pressure from a variety of factors that have the potential to significantly affect the food production capacity of a region essential to the food security of the state, nation and the world. The most significant challenges include water supply, climate change, soil impairment, urban development, and environmental factors such as in-stream water needs.

American Farmland Trust has partnered with the Conservation Biology Institute (CBI) , creator of Data Basin, to conduct a spatial analysis to determine where agricultural land and water resources are most at risk from these challenges. Understanding how and where water supply shortages, soil impairment, urban growth or climatic changes may impact agriculture will contribute to the discussion of strategies for agricultural adaptation and conservation in the Valley.

This project will build on CBI's successful effort to identify areas where large-scale solar energy projects sited in the Valley would pose the least conflict with agricultural and environmental values (A Path Forward). As with the solar project, spatial analysis will occur at a broad Valley wide level. A number of scenarios, representing different assumptions about physical and policy trends, will be done to further enrich our understanding of the future prospects of valley agriculture. Input from technical experts and regional stakeholders will be sought throughout the process to help determine how to rank resource risks and values, and to help formulate future scenarios. We are now actively recruiting valley stakeholders to participate in the process through in-person meetings and on-line webinars.

The ultimate goal of the project is to encourage and inform a purposeful regional conversation about strategies that will be needed to meet the region’s land and water resource management challenges and, thus, assure a productive and prosperous future for San Joaquin Valley agriculture.

Webinar Information

We will be having an upcoming webinar the week of March 27th. Please visit this page soon for more information and a registration link. February 28th Webinar Recording Available Here

Please visit the map found above on this page to see the current versions of our modules shown during the latest webinar.

Visit the San Joaquin Valley Gateway to see the data driving this analysis: https://sjvp.databasin.org/.

Status of the Project

Currently we reaching out to stakeholders for our next upcoming webinar the week of March 27th. As part of this Webinar AFT and CBI will present a scientific system for evaluating land and water resources, and maps of the region showing how that system can geographically differentiate these resources based on their inherent qualities and stresses on them from things like drought, regulatory decisions, climate change and urban development. Both the system and maps will be refined versions from our February 28th webinar on which we would like to get your final feedback.

If you would like to participate in this upcoming webinar please stay tuned for a registration link on this page or contact Dustin Pearce or Ed Thompson for more information.

Contact Information

Dustin Pearce GIS Analyst, Conservation Biology Institute dustin.pearce@consbio.org 559-631-3053

Ed Thompson California Director, American Farmland Trust ethompson@farmland.org 202-309-1162


Conservation Biology Institute. 2016. Exploring the Land-Water Intersection in the San Joaquin Valley. In: Data Basin. [First published in Data Basin on Oct 27, 2016; Last Modified on Mar 28, 2017; Retrieved on Aug 19, 2017] <https://databasin.org/articles/50e144bc34aa40bc959989effd80f1a8>

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Conservation Biology Institute

The Conservation Biology Institute (CBI) provides scientific expertise to support the conservation and recovery of biological diversity in its natural state through applied research, education, planning, and community service.