Daily Archives: June 23, 2017

Summer Flooded Orchard Damage Update, Part 1: Observations and Research Plans

In 2017, high and fluctuating water flows, unprecedented for their duration, passed through the Sacramento and Feather Rivers. Orchards were hurt by these flows due to direct flooding, indirect flooding via under-levee seepage, and loss of land through river bank erosion. Many orchards had standing water from January through mid-May. In other orchards, ditches overflowed with nowhere to pump water out. Part 1 of this article details our observations on flooded orchard damage as of early June and current research plans. Continue reading