From SJV Water – When farmers fallowed thousands of acres during the recent drought, most didn’t expect they would be flooding those lands months later. But that’s what happened during last year’s historic floods after the state adapted LandFlex, a drought program, to take on some of the deluge from valley rivers. “Our original intent with fallow land was for those farmers to put cover crops on it to mitigate dust,” said Teji Sandhu, integrated watershed management program policy advisor for the state Department of Water Resources. “In order to protect communities and cities down south of the rivers, we thought, ‘Why not allow these guys to recharge that land and be able to pull flood waters off onto that fallow land?” (more)