Assessing the Sustainability of Agriculture in the Ventura River Watershed

Agriculture is a critical priority in the management and stewardship of water and other natural resources. Managing water resources involves ensuring reliable quantities of water of acceptable quality while maintaining or restoring the ecological functioning or the water bodies that provide these amenities. The objective of this research is to map and describe the agricultural landscape of the Ventura River watershed in the context of surface water (streams, reservoirs, drainages) and groundwater (wells, aquifers) and to assess the sustainability of the current crop landscape in terms of water management priorities and agricultural resilience to climate change.  This research uses crop distribution data and pesticide use data to assess the sustainability of the crop landscape by 1) estimating annual irrigation water demand for each type of crop and 2) analyzing the distribution and treatment rates of the most toxic and commonly used agricultural pesticides which can have harmful impacts on water quality and the health and biodiversity of the soil.

Track B
Location: ASC 130 Date: December 6, 2019 Time: 10:30 am - 11:00 am Vickie Peters