- Tile Drainage Data
- Shallow Groundwater & Electrical Concuctivity
- Integrated On-Farm Drainage Management (IFDM)
- Proposition 204
- Treatment Projects
- Useful Information
- Related Links
Monitoring & History
The San Joaquin Valley has some of the most productive agricultural lands in the world. However, much of the west side of the Valley is plagued by poor subsurface drainage conditions that impact crop productivity. Effective subsurface drainage management is essential to prevent excessive shallow groundwater conditions and the accumulation of salts in the root zones. Monitoring of shallow groundwater and agricultural drainage water is an integral activity to determining the effectiveness of management practices.
- Data & Maps
- Tile Drainage Data
- Shallow Groundwater & Electrical Conductivity
- Overview of Water Quality Sampling Area Locations
- Water Agencies within the Shallow Groundwater Study Area
To help identify and monitor areas of poor quality groundwater, the District collects water quality data from tile drainage sumps throughout the Drainage Study Area.
The District monitors shallow groundwater and electrical conductivity through a network of observation wells to form annual SGW & EC maps.
- A Landowner's Manual, 2004 (5.3 MB)
- A Technical Advisor's Manual, 2005 (8.62 MB)
- Downloads & Exhibits
This manual serves as a guide for developing Integrated On-Farm Drainage Management systems and is the first part of an educational and outreach program to educate landowners on the advantages, disadvantages, costs, and environmental regulations involved within an IFDM.
This manual is the second component of the program, and is designed to provide technical consultants and support personnel with the tools they need to assist farmers with developing and implementing an effective IFDM program.
- Prop 204
- Drainage Reuse
- Drainage Treatment
- Salt Separation & Utilization
- Source Reduction
- Proposal Solicitation
The funds for this program come from The Safe, Clean, Reliable Water Supply Act of 1996, section 78645. This part of the Act is known as Proposition 204 Drainage Sub-account. The Act directs funds for programs to deal with agricultural subsurface drainage water by developing methods of using it, reducing its toxic elements, and concentrating, separating and utilizing its salts. The Act also requires that priority be given to source reduction projects and programs.
The approved projects and reports are listed under the following categories:
The District has participated in various selenium removal and desalting projects throughout the Drainage Study Area; click here to view projects and reports.
The Agricultural Drainage Program collects, evaluates, reports information and conducts studies and demonstration projects focusing on drainage problems in the San Joaquin Valley. The resulting data and information on agricultural drainage issues enable better definition of drainage problems and lead to implementation of management plans.
Integrated Drainage Management
Integrated On-Farm Drainage Management (IFDM) is a state-of-the-art management system that provides for drainage water reuse to improve water availability for crop production and to minimize salt and selenium risks to water quality and the environment.
Provide technical assistance concerning desalination and advanced treatment of brackish agricultural wastewaters - including process selection, economic factors, operations and maintenance, environmental requirements, and pilot treatment studies.
Under The Safe, Clean, Reliable Water Supply Act, the Department seeks to develop methods of using and concentrating salts, and reducing contaminants in the State's subsurface agricultural drainage water by soliciting proposals from public entities seeking funding for research activities consistent with the goals of the program.
Determine the aerial extent of drainage problem areas (groundwater level within 20 feet of ground surface) and the quality and quantity of subsurface drainage for the San Joaquin Valley. Collect, maintain, and evaluate water quality data and produce the annual San Joaquin Valley Drainage Monitoring Report.
Investigate technologies for treating agricultural subsurface drainage water. Technologies involve removing salt by reverse osmosis, reducing and removing selenium through biological processes, and managing salt by using solar salt-gradient ponds and agro forestry.