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Dec 14, 2017

Pioneering Practice Could Help California Reverse Groundwater Depletion

2017-12-12T09:28:44+00:00 Dec 14, 2017|

A groundwater demonstration project in Lodi, California. Farmer Al Costa’s vineyard was flooded with 145 acre-feet of Mokelumne River water to help rejuvenate an overdrafted aquifer.Sustainable Conservation On-farm groundwater recharge could greatly help decrease aquifer overdraft, but recent efforts show that some significant obstacles will need to be overcome. GROUNDWATER OVERDRAFT IN the San Joaquin [...]

Dec 11, 2017

Groundwater In California

2017-12-11T16:25:52+00:00 Dec 11, 2017|

Groundwater is a vital component of California’s water supply.  On average, underground aquifers provide nearly 40% of the water used by California’s farms and cities, and significantly more in dry years. About 85% of Californians depend on groundwater for some portion of their water supply. Some communities rely entirely on groundwater for drinking water, and [...]

Dec 07, 2017

Water Deeply Talks: Water Risks to What We Eat and Drink

2017-12-07T10:37:00+00:00 Dec 07, 2017|

Many food and beverage companies operating in the West are preparing for water risks. In our latest Water Deeply talk, Tara Lohan speaks with three experts about water security challenges and benefits. Siphon tubes used for furrow irrigation on romaine lettuce in Yuma, Arizona.Jeff Vanuga/USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service IN THIS EPISODE of “Deeply Talks,” [...]

Dec 05, 2017

Colorado Ag Water Alliance Summit will tell the story of ag and water

2017-12-07T11:29:11+00:00 Dec 05, 2017|

sunset over Rocky Mountains and foothills with an irrigation ditch - aerial view, northern Colorado near Loveland The Colorado Ag Water Alliance hosted its biennial summit in December, and this year the focus will expand beyond the agriculture community. The summit was held Dec. 5 in Loveland, Colo., and Greg Peterson, executive director [...]

Dec 04, 2017

Where Westerners Agree and Disagree on Key Water Issues

2017-12-01T11:15:22+00:00 Dec 04, 2017|

A new poll commissioned by the Water Foundation looks at the views of residents of 12 Western states on a range of water issues, including climate change, policy and cost, explains Wade Crowfoot, the foundation’s chief executive. The Colorado River viewed from the Desert View overlook on the south rim in Grand Canyon National Park, [...]

Nov 30, 2017

Larimer County-Broomfield Pilot Project

2017-11-29T10:28:50+00:00 Nov 30, 2017|

With Colorado’s population growing and the constant need for water, one would think that rural farmers and landowners would be positioned against the state’s larger municipalities. However, just the opposite is true in many cases, and the recent Larimer County-Broomfield Project is the perfect example. This project is the state’s first permanent agricultural-municipal alternative transfer [...]

Nov 29, 2017

What Do We Know About Mountain Snowpack, Runoff? Far Too Little

2017-11-29T10:04:05+00:00 Nov 29, 2017|

A new wireless sensor network in one Sierra Nevada watershed aims to fill yawning data gaps about snowpack, rainfall and runoff potential. The result could be safer flood forecasts and better water supply projections, says University of California professor Roger Bales.   A precipitation sensor located atop Mt. Lincoln, a nearly 8,400-foot peak near Donner Summit [...]

Nov 16, 2017

Forbes Announces 4th Annual AgTech Summit

2017-11-16T11:43:16+00:00 Nov 16, 2017|

Forbes held it's AgTech Launch event in New York on November 14, 2017. During the event, Forbes announced that the 4th Annual AgTech Summit will return to Salinas, California June 26-28, 2018.  In addition, Forbes announced the  first AgTech-Indianapolis September 26-27, 2018.  SWIIM System was selected by Forbes as one of the top 25 Most [...]

Nov 10, 2017

Conservation is the new front in California’s water wars

2017-11-03T10:57:59+00:00 Nov 10, 2017|

Plants being watered by hand at the Green Acres Nursery and Supply in Folsom during the height of the drought in 2014. Digital advances and lessons learned during mandatory water cutbacks are now subjecting every lawn and spigot to measurement and conflict. Randall Benton RBenton@sacbee.comIf you thought California’s water wars were bitter, just wait [...]

Nov 08, 2017

Videos: Priorities for California’s Water

2017-11-01T16:30:03+00:00 Nov 08, 2017|

This past year brought drought-busting rain and snow and severe wildfires—extremes that tested California’s systems for managing water supply and the natural environment and foreshadow conditions of a changing climate. In light of these challenges, a PPIC Water Policy Center event in Sacramento last week brought together experts to discuss ways forward in three areas: legislative priorities for [...]