UC Nursery and Floriculture Alliance
University of California
UC Nursery and Floriculture Alliance

January 28-29, 2010 Water Recycling and Treatment - Vista CA

water alliance photo logo

and UCNFA present:

The Conference on Water Recycling and Treatment

January 28 and 29, 2010
Center for Applied Horticultural Research
3742 Blue Bird Canyon Road
Vista, CA

Water quality and treatment options for greenhouses and nurseries, with an emphasis on solutions for disease, algae, salt and other nutritional problems.

Regional and national university and industry experts will help you decide on the best water treatment technologies for your location in terms of both technical (efficacy, safety, target levels) and financial (installation and operation costs) aspects.

Target audience: Greenhouse and nursery growers.  

Registration is still $250 per person
(late registration fee has been waived)

Online registration form (Amex, MC, VISA credit cards only)

Online registration form Thursday Dinner only ($30 per guest)

Mail/Fax Registration Form Water Treatment Conference (checks) 

Register early as space is limited.  Registration fees cover all conference activities including Thursday conferences, Friday tours, continental breakfasts and lunches on both days, and a dinner on Thursday evening at the Twin Oaks Golf Course.  

Also provided are the publications “Water Treatment for Pathogens and Algae” edited by Paul Fisher and “Greenhouse and Nursery Management Practices to Protect Water Quality”  edited by Julie Newman.

CEUs requested: CA DPR, CCA, CCN Pro, Central Coast and Los Angeles Water Boards Ag Waiver

Lodging: Special conference room rates available at these local hotels:

Map with Hotels

Hampton Inn San Marcos
123 E. Carmel Street
San Marcos, California
Group Name: Water Alliance Conference
Group Code: WAC
Event web page: http://hamptoninn.hilton.com/en/hp/groups/personalized/SANSMHX-WAC-20100124/index.jhtml

Hilton Garden Inn
6450 Carlsbad Blvd
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Group Name: Water Alliance Conference


January 28, 2010 (Thursday) Atman Plants and CfAHR

7:00AM – 7:50AMRegistration, Coffee and Continental Breakfast (outdoors in Nursery)

7:50AM – 8:00AMWelcome and Introductions (outdoors in Nursery)

Loren Oki, University of California, Davis and UCCE; Paul Fisher, University of Florida

8:00AM – 9:45AMConcurrent Sessions I & II (greenhouse or conference room)

Session (I) Conference Room

8:00AM – 8:40AMBiology and Ecology of the Plant Pathogens in Water Systems- Deborah Mathews (Univ of California)

8:40AM – 9:20AMManagement Practices to Improve the Quality of Surface Runoff- Darren Haver (Univ of California)

9:20AM – 9:45AMThe Benefits of Slow Sand Filtration- Loren Oki (Univ of California)

Session (II) Greenhouse

8:00AM – 8:25AMOverview of Technologies Available for Water Use on Ornamental Production Facilities-  Paul Fisher (Univ of Florida)

8:25AM – 9:45AMTechnology Presentations by Water Treatment Companies

9:45AM – 10:15AM Break in greenhouse

10:15AM to NoonConcurrent Sessions I & II (Participants in Groups I and II switch locations and topics)

Noon-12:45PMLunch in greenhouse

1:00PM-5:00PM Sessions on water monitoring, actual nursery systems, and individual technologies

 Session A  Session B  Session C  Session D
1PM Group 1 1PM Group 2 1PM Group 3 1PM Group 4
2PM Group 2 2PM Group 3 2PM Group 4 2PM Group 1
3PM Group 3 3PM Group 4 3PM Group 1 3PM Group 2
4PM Group 4 4PM Group 1 4PM Group 2 4PM Group 3


Session A – Water testing equipment and demonstration
Paul Fisher, Dustin Meador (Univ of Florida), Valerie Mellano (UCCE San Diego)
Location – Altman Plants Loading Dock
Bring Your Own Water Samples to Test in this Session

Session B – Water retention, capture, and treatment
Tom Costamagna and Loren Oki (UC)
Location – Altman Plants Holding Pond

Session C – Water quality and treatment from a plant nutrition viewpoint
Bill Argo (Blackmore Co.)
Location – Altman Plants Conference Room.  

Session D – Tour of Rote Greenhouses
Location – Rote Greenhouses on Tamara Lane

6:00PM - 9:00PM   Dinner at Twin Oaks Golf Course (cash bar for beer and wine)

January 29, 2010 (Friday)

Jan 29 Tour Map

Irrigation water capture is required on all production facilities in California.  What to do with that captured water is the challenge facing most ornamental producers, especially since water is in such short supply.  The growers we will visit have retrofitted their properties to capture the irrigation water, filter, treat, and reuse the water.

7:00AM – 8:00AMWelcome: Registration, Coffee, Continental Breakfast (Meet at Altman Plants)

8:00AM - 8:10AMBoarding Bus - Travel Time (30 min)

8:40AM - 10:00AMTour of Olive Hill Greenhouses

Olive Hill Greenhouses has been in business since 1973 and has evolved into one of the largest interior plant producers in Southern California, producing a wide variety of foliage plants. With two production facilities totaling 760,000 square feet, the modern greenhouses feature galvanized steel exterior walls, inside insulation, and computer control of misting, propagation, environment, and shade curtains. Some of the water captured at the facility is reused and sterilized via a chlorine generator, and Bromeliads and orchids are grown using reverse osmosis for increased water quality.

10:00AM - 10:10AMBoarding Bus - Travel Time (10 min)

10:20AM - 12:00PMTour of Premier Color Nursery

Premier Color Nursery has been providing Southern California retail nurseries, hotels, theme parks, landscape firms, & country clubs with gourmet grown bedding plants since 1991. Premier Color utilizes state of the art runoff recapture and filtration systems.

12:00PM - 12:10PMBoarding Bus - Travel Time (20 min)

12:30PM - 1:15PMLunch at Pardee Tree Nursery

1:15PM - 2:30PMTour of Pardee Tree Nursery

Supplying the landscape industry for more than 25 years, operating on more than 300 acres in the majestic San Luis Rey River Valley, Pardees is one of the largest wholesale tree nurseries in San Diego County, serving the western U.S. and Canada. All irrigation runoff at Pardees is channeled through vegetative filters on its way to a retention pond. Sediment buildup from the runoff and all organic plant material including wooden boxes are reused in potting mixes. 

2:30PM - 2:40PMBoarding Bus - Travel Time (30 min)

3:10PM – 4:40PMTour of Rote Greenhouses (Twin Oaks)

Michael Rote began a part time business in his backyard in 1976 and went to full time production in 1983.  He grew to four locations on a total of 14 total acres that includes 355,000 ft2 in buildings and 13,000 ft2 in shadehouses.  Rote Greenhouses recaptures nearly all used water, and he was one of the first on the block to try the Pure-O-Tech water purification system, which includes UV and ozone sterilization.

4:40PM - 4:50PM Boarding Bus - Travel Time (30 min) back to Altman Plants

End of Tour

Thanks to our co-sponsors:

Altman logo
CfAHR logo
California Cut Flower Commission
Kee Kitayama Research Foundation
California Center for Urban Horticulture
OFA logo
CAES logo
Plant Sci logo
Univ Florida logo

ADA Wheelchair
 All UCNFA Programs are ADA Compliant. Should you need assistance, please contact us at least five days prior to the program. 



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