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Local Farmer Using Excess Water to Flood Crops and Improve His Water Table
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An olive orchard at Terranova Ranch in western Fresno County is being flooded to recharge the aquifer. "We're seeing how much water we can put on, how long we can leave it on without harming the crops," said Don Cameron, Helm farmer.  Cameron is a pioneer in the process-- a flood recharge workshop on his farm drew over 70 people, including UC researchers, irrigation districts, and farmers from around the state. "I think there's much greater attention to this concept now because water scarcity has such a direct economic threat to the viability of the Valley," said Daniel Mountjoy, Sustainable Conservation.

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