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April 29 Brown Bag Seminar: Exploring Methane and Carbon Dioxide Exchange from Agricultural and Wetland Land Use in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Pagoda Building
429 ‘J’ Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Dennis Baldocchi - Professor of Biometeorology, UC Berkeley

Drainage of Delta land for agriculture has resulted in subsidence and the emission of carbon stored in peat soils. Changing land use from current agricultural practices to the production of rice and restoration of wetland habitats provides a potential solution that could arrest or reverse subsidence.

Since 2007, greenhouse gas fluxes have been measured over managed and restored lands (pasture, rice, corn, alfalfa, restored wetlands) in the Delta. This presentation will discuss these data and site carbon balance and explore potential tradeoffs associated with land use change in the Delta.

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Coequal goals

The Delta Stewardship Council was created in legislation to achieve the state mandated coequal goals for the Delta. "'Coequal goals' means the two goals of providing a more reliable water supply for California and protecting, restoring, and enhancing the Delta ecosystem. The coequal goals shall be achieved in a manner that protects and enhances the unique cultural, recreational, natural resource, and agricultural values of the Delta as an evolving place." (CA Water Code §85054)