California’s San Joaquin Valley is one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world, but it’s facing numerous challenges. Water availability, a variable climate, new regulations, and a growing population threaten the future of agriculture in the region. In order to help planners, municipalities, and natural resource agencies support the agricultural community where it is most vulnerable, American Farmland Trust, California and the Conservation Biology Institute (CBI) assessed the capacity and resilience of agricultural production in the valley. This work was completed by analyzing the current distribution of quality agricultural land and water resources as well as the future impacts these resources face. Using the San Joaquin Valley Gateway, part of the Data Basin online mapping platform created by CBI, as a baseline for current trends in water, agriculture, biodiversity, and energy, AFT and CBI created a spatial analysis reflecting how agricultural land and water resources intersect in the valley.
San Joaquin Land And Water Strategy: Exploring the Intersection of Agricultural Land & Water Resources in California’s San Joaquin Valley
Edward Thompson, Dustin Pearce
Sacramento, CA: American Farmland Trust
July 11, 2018
Reports and Studies
Agricultural Statistics, Conservation Easements, Conservation Policies and Programs, Cost of Sprawl, Land Use Planning, Planning for Agriculture and Food Systems, Smart Growth / Growth Management, Urban Growth Boundary (UGB), Why Save Farmland