A consortium of agricultural and water groups known as the Water Blueprint for the San Joaquin Valley is considering what to do with the thousands of acres of farmland to be fallowed due to the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.

Researchers on Wednesday outlined a recent study showing the potential for strategically conserving that land to benefit wildlife, improve soil health and recharge aquifers. They hoped to work with the consortium on policies addressing this.

“I'm very much looking for the opportunity to bring this work…to be an input into that collaborative planning process that brings all the pieces together,” said Rodd Kelsey, a scientist at The Nature Conservancy and a principle author on the study.

He spoke during a webinar hosted by the Department of Water Resources.