Farmer perceptions and preferences for achieving groundwater sustainability in California

Seminar | February 5 | 4-5:15 p.m. | Morgan Hall, Lounge

 Dr. Meredith Niles, University of Vermont

 Berkeley Food Institute, Center for Diversified Farming Systems

In 2014 California passed the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), which aims to achieve groundwater sustainability across California by 2040. This sweeping policy, largely being administered and implemented at the local level, could have significant impacts on how California manages water. This is especially true for agriculture, which is the largest human use of water. This work explores how Central Valley farmers perceive groundwater sustainability, the SGMA process and implementation and the policies and behaviors that farmers support for achieving sustainable groundwater use.

Dr. Meredith Niles is an assistant professor in Food Systems at the University of Vermont. Her research examines farmer perceptions and responses to climate change and water scarcity, climate change and food security, and farmer’s adoption of integrated crop and livestock systems. Meredith has a B.A. in political science from The Catholic University of America and a PhD in ecology from the University of California- Davis. She was a post-doctoral fellow in sustainability science at Harvard University. Prior to her academic career she worked for the US Department of State and several non-profits.

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