Survey Seeks Grower Input About Groundwater Pumping Challenges

  • Dec 21, 2018

The California Avocado Commission encourages California avocado growers to complete a short survey designed to gather input about the challenges of pumping groundwater. Findings from the Groundwater Pumping Energy Use in California survey will be used to convey grower experiences to policymakers and to inform future efforts to reduce energy use and costs for growers. The survey is being conducted by Lawrence Berkeley Lab and is funded by the California Energy Commission.

The survey will ask growers about their reliance on groundwater, past and planned well operation practices and barriers to reducing the energy needed to pump groundwater.

The online survey will take about 20 minutes to complete. Growers can review a pdf version of the survey prior to completing the online version. Respondents must be 18 years of age or older, own or operate a farm in California and rely — to some extent — on groundwater for operations.

The online survey is anonymous and will not capture personally identifiable information and anonymous responses will not be made public in any form. Results will be presented in aggregate form in publicly available reports.

For more information, visit gwenergy.lbl.gov. Questions can be addressed to Helcio Blum at hblum@lbl.gov or 510.495.2865.

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