Fraser Valley Agricultural Water Management Symposium
Did you know that climate change could impact local water supplies and affect your farm’s water and drainage requirements? Do you know what recent changes to water regulations mean for your farm and family business?
This FREE event for Fraser Valley producers will provide information on how to optimize water use, improve drainage, and will showcase innovative water management solutions already being used by producers in the Fraser Valley. Sessions will include an update on local water supplies and drainage and provide key information you need to know about new water regulations.
This day will provide:
- Up to date information about new water regulations and registering your well
- Information on drainage and ditch management in the region
- Access to industry experts in agricultural water management
- Information on some of the local and nearby research on water and climate change adaptation in the Fraser Valley
- Commodity-specific sessions showcasing local best practices in agricultural water management and technologies
Cost: FREE. Lunch provided. Space is limited. Registration required.
9:45 Climate change: what are we expecting in the Fraser Valley? (Emily MacNair, BC Climate Action Initiative)
10:00 Agricultural water use in the Fraser Valley (Stephanie Tam, Ministry of Agriculture Water Resource Engineer)
- What does the Agricultural Water Demand Model tell us about current and future water use in the FVRD?
10:15 What does the new Water Sustainability Act mean for on-farm water supplies (Jacquelyn Shrimer, Emily Elsliger, Ross Kreye, and Bryan Robinson, BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations (MFLNRO))
- Jacquelyn and Emily will introduce the Water Sustainability Act and identify how the associated legislation may affect producers in the Fraser Valley
11:15 Update on municipal water supplies and drainage
- City of Abbotsford, Rural Lowland Drainage and Irrigation (Pardeep Agnihotri, Acting Director of Operational Services, DDI & Civic Facilities, City of Abbotsford
- Abbotsford-Mission Water Commission (Speaker to be announced)
- City of Chilliwack (Speaker to be announced)
11:50 Enhanced collaboration for agricultural drainage and ditch management (Sara Pour, Kerr Wood Leidal)
- Sara will provide an update on a project that is currently underway, which aims to enhance collaboration between producers and local government on drainage management
12:15 Lunch Break
1:15-2:00 Concurrent session one - choose one of the three options below:
Option #1: Enhanced Irrigation Management using Soil Moisture Sensors (Stephanie Tam, Ministry of Agriculture)
- How can soil moisture sensors be used to enhance irrigation management? This session will describe a study that took place on three Fraser Valley berry farms, where soil moisture sensors were used to improve irrigation management
Option #2: Sustainable Irrigation System Management for Sprinkler Systems (Ted Van der Gulik, Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC)
- How can we irrigate better to produce healthier crops and support sustainable water use?This session will include guidance on using irrigation schedulers and other tools to optimize water use and crop productivity.
Option #3: Water Circulation and Reuse in Greenhouses: Case Study - Van Belle Nursery (Abbotsford) (2 staff from Van Belle Nursery)
- How can greenhouses and nurseries recirculate water to conserve and reuse irrigation water and meet storm water management requirements?
2:00-2:45 Concurrent session two: choose one of the two options below:
Option #1: Strategies to Improve Forage Yield and Quality while Adapting to Climate Change: How can producers improve farm profitability and security by increasing the yield and quality of their forage crops? (Derek Hunt, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)
- In this session Derek Hunt will describe a study that on sites at AAFC Agassiz, 2 farms in FVRD and the UBC Dairy Centre, which looks at how different irrigation management practices can be used to maximize and balance summer and winter forage production
Option #2: Sustainable Irrigation System Management for Drip/Trickle Systems (Ted Van der Gulik, Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC)
- How can we irrigate better to produce healthier crops and support sustainable water use? This session will include information on irrigation scheduling and other tools to optimize water use and crop productivity.
2:45-3:00 Coffee break
3:00-3:35 Concurrent session three: choose one of the two options below:
Option #1: Improving On-farm Drainage Management to Reduce Impacts of Climate Change (Sean Smuckler, University of British Columbia)
- What are some of the most effective and economical drainage practices for producers in the Fraser Valley? Sean Smuckler will describe a study he is coordinating which looks at different drainage practices (drainage cleaning and maintenance, cover crops, tile drain spacing, etc.) and assesses which practices are the most cost-effective and best at reducing winter ponding and improving drainage.
Option #2: Water Recycling on Dairy Farms (Speaker to be announced, Pacific Dairy Centre)
- How can dairy producers recycle water on their farm to reduce water needs and improve wastewater management?
Option #3: How to License Your Groundwater Well (Milen Kootnikoff, MFLNRO)
- This session will take producers through the steps required to license their groundwater well in order to help secure access to their water supply in the future.
3:40 Final discussion and closing remarks
Questions? Email email@example.com or call (604) 813-4998.