Byron Clark, P.E., Davids Engineering Inc., Davis and Chico, California
Application of Bio and Ag Engineering to Agricultural Water Management and Sustainable Groundwater Management in California
Byron will discuss how fundamentals learned in the Department are applied in a consulting environment to support California’s agricultural water managers. Drivers for improved agricultural management include increasing scarcity of available water supplies to meet growing agricultural, urban, and environmental needs, including the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014 (SGMA). Examples will be given of projects related to regional water management planning, irrigation and drainage infrastructure modernization, ground-based sensors and remote sensing for improved measurement of water use, and promoting the use of available surface water supplies for irrigation.
Byron Clark has worked as an agricultural water management consultant since graduating from the BAE department in 2001. He currently is a senior engineer at Davids Engineering (www.davidsengineering.com) in Davis. At Davids Engineering, Byron has contributed to a range of projects related to agricultural water management in regions including the Shasta Valley, Sacramento Valley, San Joaquin Valley, and Coachella and Imperial Valleys.
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