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Identification of barriers to more effective agricultural water management in the Salinas River Valley

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Authors
Pottberg, Robert E.
Subjects
Salinas River Valley
Groundwater
Agricultural water management
Seawater intrusion
Water conservation
Water use survey
Advisors
Moore, Thomas P.
Gates, William R.
Date of Issue
1991-12
Date
December 1991
Publisher
Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
Language
en_US
Abstract
The Salinas River Valley is currently in its fifth straight year of drought. Groundwater is becoming increasingly more important to the economic future of this agriculturally dominant valley. Continued consumption of groundwater at this rate threatens the economic and environmental future of the Valley through excessive overdrafting of the underlying aquifer and through the phenomenon of "seawater intrusion". This thesis identifies the physical, economic, social and political barriers to more effective groundwater management from the perspective of the individual grower, through the use of a comprehensive survey. This study will contribute to a better understanding of the major water conservation issues and barriers from the individual grower's perspective. It will provide useful information to decision makers in arriving at water conservation policies that are both equitable and in the best long term interest of the various water users in the Salinas River Valley. By exploring the multiple dimensions of specific issues, the perceived and real barriers and the perceptions of interested parties, this study will help foster better awareness, cooperation and communications between the county agency responsible for water resources management and the individual agricultural growers.
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Thesis
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Department
Department of Administrative Sciences
Organization
Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
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Format
137 p.
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Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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