Vineyard Frost Protection Rules to Kick in

Nov 24, 2014

A thin shell of ice protects budding grapevines from being damaged by frost.
Credit Sonoma County Farm Bureau

  Winegrape growers are facing new regulations governing diversions of water from the Russian River and its tributaries for late season frost protection.  But some say that state and county bureaucracies stand in the way of a better response to the problem. The issue was the subject of an Agricultural Water Use Workshop in Cloverdale yesterday. KRCB’s Bruce Robinson was there.

Although he didn’t mention it in his prepared remarks, John O’Hagan from the State Water Resources Control Board, told KRFCB he also was supportive of creating small, local reservoirs to hold frost protection water.

But vineyard manager Duff Bevil says the main roadblock in doing that is O’Hagan’s own agency.