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Project: Using Biochar to Save Water in California Agriculture

Description: This research project quantifies the effects of applying different soil amendments, including biochar (a specialized type of charcoal made from waste wood products in the absence of oxygen) and compost, on crop evapotranspiration, soil water potential, crop growth, and yield at eight locations throughout California. Project includes selection of fields, baseline conditions monitoring; application of biochar, compost, or biochar plus compost; growing season monitoring; preparation of summary reports; and, education and outreach events.

Reference Number: 3860-P01-128

Implemented By: Sonoma Ecology Center


Type: Water Management, Technical Assistance

Total Cost: $527,020.00

Project Status: Project Implementation

On Time?: Yes    Within Scope?: Yes    Within Budget?: Yes

Estimated Completion: 9/18/2021    Actual Completion:

Associated Counties: Statewide

Project Benefits a Disadvantaged Community (or SDAC): No

Contribution SourcesContribution DateContribution Amount
Private Contribution1/13/2017$263,897.00
Prop. 1, Water Conservation and Water Use Efficiency Plans, Projects, and Programs1/13/2017$263,123.00

Project MetricMetric TopicQuantityUnit
Water ManagementWater Use Efficiency - Conservation  
Technical AssistanceTraining and Outreach  

Water Action Plan Target

Make Conservation a California Way of LifeAction Description


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