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**Registration Open**
Water Measurement and Reporting Course - August 29 in Taylorsville

UC Cooperative Extension is hosting a Water Measurement and Reporting Course on August 29, 2018 from Noon to 3:30 p.m. at the Grange Hall in Taylorsville, California. It is important that anyone who has a water diversion, that is required to monitor and report to the state board should attend this course. 

Senate Bill 88 requires that all water right holders who have previously diverted or intend to divert more than 10 acre-feet per year (riparian and pre-1914 claims), or are authorized to divert more than 10 acre-feet per year under a permit, license, or registration, to measure and report the water they divert. 

Assembly Bill 589 allows any diverter, as defined, who has completed a course on measurement devices and methods administered by the University of California Cooperative Extension, including passage of a proficiency test to be considered a “Qualified Individual” who may install and maintain measuring devices or implement methods of measurement that are used for their own annual diversions as required by the California State Water Resources Control Board.

The workshop includes:
  • Clarification on reporting requirements for ranch;
  • Overview on what meters are appropriate for different situations;
  • Training to determine measurement equipment accuracy;
  • A summary of measurement weirs; and
  • Session on learning to calculate and report volume from flow data.

Please register by August 20 at or by calling the UC Cooperative Extension office at (530) 283-6270. 


Rustici Tour on Plumas National Forest

Last week, UCCE Plumas-Sierra and UC Rangelands hosted the 2nd Rustici Rangeland Tour on the Beckwourth Ranger District for more than 60 attendees on the Plumas National Forest. The event created a venue for local forest staff, agency leadership, grazing permittees, and other regional stakeholders to discuss contemporary research, management, and monitoring for sustainable public lands grazing. The Rustici Rangeland Tour was established as part of the Rustici Rangeland Science Symposium series to bring hands-on extension education opportunities to local resource managers and stakeholders in a field-based setting.

"The Rustici Tour provided an overview of UC research occurring on the local forest and insight into policies changes with the potential to impact grazing allotment management in the future" stated Plumas Forest Permittee Rick Roberti, Beckwourth, Calif. "Most importantly, it provided a venue to open up the doors for new collaboration between permittee and local forest service staff with the help of UC Cooperative Extension." 

The 2018 Rustici Rangeland Tour was supported by an extension grant from the UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Science’s Russell L. Rustici Rangeland and Cattle Endowment; and support from UC Rangelands and County of Plumas and Sierra.

For more information and tour handouts, click here.  

Research Highlights
Irrigated Pastureland Enhancement Program

The goal of the irrigated pasture enhancement research project is to provide scientific information to enhance irrigated pastureland management for higher economic return to ranchers through increased forage production and environmental outcomes such as water use efficiency.

There are 5 pasture locations in Sierra Valley enrolled in this Northern California study focused on integrated management strategies (including grazing, haying, fertilizer, and water practices) for enhancing agricultural, economic, and environmental outcomes. The project kicked off in the summer of 2017 and end-of-season baseline data on pasture productivity, harvest/utilization, and plant community diversity was collected in October 2017. This irrigation season (2018) we have been collecting information regularly. 

This is a multi-year research and extension project in collaboration with more than 20 ranchers and UC Rangelands, and is funded by Western SARE and the California Department of Water Resources.

For more information on the research project and others click here.


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