Ag & Water Management

Dec 15, 2017

SWIIM Activity Continues In Central, Coastal Valleys

2017-12-13T16:28:56+00:00 Dec 15, 2017|

Deployments continue to heat up in both the Central and Coastal Valleys of California, with growers and co-ops alike seeing the increasing need for accurate ag water planning and water management.  One client recently noted, "I look at SWIIM as an insurance policy on my water allocations.  The farm management tools related to water are [...]

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, [...]

Sep 27, 2017

SWIIM Checks Measurements in Palo Verde

2017-09-27T11:08:08+00:00 Sep 27, 2017|

SWIIM's team doesn't just "install and run."  As a part of our service, we regularly check calibration of in-field and remote-sensed data. CLICK HERE TO VIEW A VIDEO OF THE PROCESS Whether the data comes from an open-channel measurement (as pictured below), or pipe, we regularly check equipment integrity - we believe bad data in, [...]

Sep 22, 2017

Storing Water for Dry Days

2017-09-22T09:00:52+00:00 Sep 22, 2017|

Where would California be without the ability to store water? We talked to Jay Lund―an adjunct fellow at the PPIC Water Policy Center and director of the Center for Watershed Sciences at UC Davis—about the often contentious and always complex topic of water storage. PPIC: What should every Californian know about storing water? Jay Lund: Thanks to our Mediterranean climate, California has [...]

Sep 19, 2017

SWIIM’s Latest Office In Fresno – Open For Business!

2017-09-18T21:02:31+00:00 Sep 19, 2017|

The SWIIM team has been hard at work outfitting our latest deployment hub - located directly off of Highway 99 in Fresno. The desks are up, equipment in place. Trucks equipped and ready for continued activity throughout the Central Valley - as far south as Bakersfield. As deployments continue, we help a new round [...]

Sep 13, 2017

Water challenges for California’s small farm community

2017-09-13T08:38:18+00:00 Sep 13, 2017|

Small farmers were hit hard by California's drought. Perhaps none as hard as the Hmong and other Southeast Asian farmers that lease small plots of land, often with declining groundwater levels, shallow wells, and outdated irrigation systems. Yet, many of these small farmers persist, growing an incredible variety of tropical and subtropical crops in California's [...]

Sep 07, 2017

SGMA Implementation: Sharing Groundwater

2017-09-19T13:55:01+00:00 Sep 07, 2017|

A Robust Framework and Implementation Roadmap for Sustainable Groundwater Management in California “If you focus with pride in building the best water allocation system you possibly can have, rather than saying SGMA is a problem, you’ll see it as the smartest thing you ever got into,” says Mike Young Undoubtedly for some, the specter of [...]

Aug 31, 2017

Deployments Expand Throughout Central California

2017-08-31T11:15:42+00:00 Aug 31, 2017|

It seems that our technical team is spending more and more time on small 8-seat turbo-prop planes heading to regions without significant air carrier service.  Darren Fillmore, our Chief Water Engineer, spends countless hours traveling from region to region as he coordinates with his team. Although most of our operations are focused currently around Frenso [...]

Aug 29, 2017

SWIIM’s Use Continues To Grow – All Sources of Water

2017-09-01T10:41:38+00:00 Aug 29, 2017|

SWIIM provides a seamless method to plan, manage, monitor and report all sources of agricultural water – fresh, reclaimed, and blended surface water and groundwater.  A recent deployment for a client that has multiple irrigation methods - all on one operation. Pressurized, furrow and tail flow... SWIIM provides detailed, stand-alone delivery reports as well as [...]

Aug 23, 2017

Ag Industry is stepping up for safe drinking water

2017-08-23T09:53:05+00:00 Aug 23, 2017|

Sean Earley, general manager of Richvale Irrigation District, checks a rice field in 2015. Tens of thousands of Californians have to use bottled water because of contaminants in their drinking water. The Legislature is debating how to pay for helping them. Manny Crisostomo mcrisostomo@sacbee.com If there’s one thing a farmer knows, it’s the [...]