Water is critical to our lives, not only for personal survival, but also for agriculture.
Here in California, water management or irrigation, if you will, is the key to our various agricultural regions. Here in Sonoma County, it is water for the vineyards.
On Ely Road South at Browns Lane just outside Petaluma's city limits and the urban growth boundary, over 300 acres are being developed as a vineyard by the Jackson Family Investments. (Think Kendall Jackson Wines)
The vineyards will be irrigated with recycled treated waste-water from Petaluma. The use of treated waste-water for agriculture is not new in Sonoma County. For example, the Gallo of Sonoma vineyard you see on 101 west of Cotati is irrigated with Santa Rosa waste-water.
I have included a few photos to give you an idea of the size of the project on Browns Lane. I also included a pdf file from the City of Petaluma that will provide detailed information on the project.