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Sep 17, 2018

Managed Aquifer Recharge in California

2018-09-17T08:52:35+00:00Sep 17, 2018|

This aerial view looks northeast over the Kern Water Bank, 30 square miles of protected natural environment in Kern County. Located to the southwest of Bakersfield, California, the Kern Water Bank stores excess water supplies that are available when rainfall or runoff is plentiful by recharging that water through shallow ponds into a underground [...]

Sep 12, 2018

Crisis at Lake Powell Looms Large as Long-Term Drought Reaches Upstream

2018-09-11T16:18:56+00:00Sep 12, 2018|

LIKE RUST SLOWLY consuming the body of a car, drought has spread upstream on the Colorado River. The river’s Upper Basin – generally north of Lake Powell – has been largely insulated from the 19-year drought afflicting the giant watershed, thanks to the region’s relatively small water demand and heavy snows that bury Colorado’s 14,000ft peaks [...]

Sep 10, 2018

How to comply with new California law without changing water rights

2018-09-07T15:10:19+00:00Sep 10, 2018|

Groundwater pumps in California's Pajaro Valley. Photo credit: USDA But as mangers in many areas work to combat decades of over-pumping, they face a major dilemma: In dividing the groundwater pie to avoid overuse, they can’t change Byzantine groundwater rights that date as far back as 1903. In a new working paper, “Groundwater Pumping Allocations [...]

Sep 06, 2018

Groundwater Banking: A Likely Solution to Achieve Greater River Flows

2018-09-06T09:29:30+00:00Sep 06, 2018|

A group of volunteers from the Tuolumne River Trust raft down the river near downtown during the Love Modesto event. Ed Crisostomo Modesto Bee A PROPOSAL BY the California Water Resources Control Board to require additional water to be left in the Tuolumne River and other San Joaquin River tributaries has prompted strong negative opinions, including [...]

Aug 22, 2018

Water Recycling Projects Continue Improving Agricultural Water Supplies

2018-08-16T13:55:44+00:00Aug 22, 2018|

Water recycling projects in California are nothing new, but continued improvements and investments will be an important feature of water conservation moving forward.  Multiple research projects are looking at various aspects of increasing the use of recycled water in agricultural production.  As technology continues to advance and water regulation continues to increase, the overall value [...]

Aug 19, 2018

Agency Says Lake Mead Could Drop Below Critical Threshold

2018-08-16T10:26:37+00:00Aug 19, 2018|

A new forecast says the water level in Nevada’s Lake Mead could fall below a critical threshold in 2020 and possibly prompt a shortage declaration on the Colorado River. PHOTO: JAE C. HONG/ASSOCIATED PRESS Nevada’s Lake Mead, the biggest reservoir in the West, is on track to fall below a critical threshold in [...]

Aug 17, 2018

Solving the Water Problem with SWIIM System

2018-08-17T09:44:49+00:00Aug 17, 2018|

This week The Modern Acre podcast talks with Harry Ferdon of SWIIM System, which was recently ranked as one of the Top 25 Most Innovative AgTech Startups by Forbes for the second straight year! The water challenge facing farmers across America and globally has come up many times on the podcast. We were thrilled to [...]

Aug 15, 2018

How Wildfires Affect California’s Water Supply

2018-08-15T10:11:17+00:00Aug 15, 2018|

Summer marks the traditional beginning of California’s fire season, although the warming climate has stretched the season considerably. Until the winter rains arrive, wildfires will burn forests and grasslands throughout the state. Since January 1, about 3,700 fires have consumed more than 111,000 acres of land—outpacing 2017, the most destructive and deadly fire season in state history. [...]

Aug 13, 2018

Four Ways to Foster Cooperation over Groundwater

2018-08-13T09:57:04+00:00Aug 13, 2018|

Last summer, some 250 local groundwater sustainability agencies (GSAs) were formed―the first step in meeting the requirements of California’s historic Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA).  Now these agencies face the difficult task of developing and implementing plans to bring their groundwater basins into balance over the next 20 years. A recent event by the Groundwater Resources Association [...]