Ag & Water Management

Apr 23, 2018

Replenishing Groundwater in the San Joaquin Valley

2018-04-18T12:25:23+00:00 Apr 23, 2018|

Summary The San Joaquin Valley—which has the biggest imbalance between groundwater pumping and replenishment in the state—is ground zero for implementing the 2014 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). Expanding groundwater recharge could help local water users bring their basins into balance and make a dent in the long-term deficit of nearly 2 million acre-feet per [...]

Apr 13, 2018

Understanding What the ‘New Normal’ Means for Water in the West

2018-04-12T08:46:50+00:00 Apr 13, 2018|

APRIL IS OFTEN a time of abundance in the mountains of the American West, when snowpack is at or near its peak, and forecasters work to determine how much runoff will course through our rivers and fill reservoirs later in the season. This year, across much of the West, particularly the Southwest, there’s little in the [...]

Apr 09, 2018

WG Interviews SWIIM CEO on “Voices of the Valley” Radio Show

2018-04-08T22:28:13+00:00 Apr 09, 2018|

Western Growers Center for Innovation and Technology's lead and former Salinas, CA Mayor Dennis Donohue interviewed SWIIM's CEO Kevin France on its new radio show entitled "Voices of the Valley," on 1490 AM/104.9 FM KRKC. Kevin speaks about SWIIM's solution dubbed, "the QuickBooks for agricultural water management." The program aired on 4/9/18.  You can listen [...]

Mar 14, 2018

Alternative Water Supplies

2018-03-12T08:22:18+00:00 Mar 14, 2018|

Alternative supplies are a small but important part of the state’s water portfolio. Alternative water sources―recycled wastewater, urban stormwater, and desalinated seawater and brackish water―now provide 2‒3% of the state’s urban and farm water supply, and they are growing rapidly. Recycled water use has more than doubled since the late 1980s to 700,000 acre-feet annually. [...]

Feb 28, 2018

7 lessons from a California water leader on managing for the future

2018-02-09T11:22:57+00:00 Feb 28, 2018|

David Guy is president of the Northern California Water Association (NCWA), an organization committed to ensuring that water supplies are available for the Sacramento Valley — both for today’s users and for future generations. “The Sacramento Valley is a rich mosaic of farmlands, cities, rural communities, refuges, managed wetlands and meandering rivers,” David said. “Every [...]

Feb 23, 2018

Low Snowpack Aggravates Water Supply Forecasts For Colorado River Basin

2018-02-07T13:16:20+00:00 Feb 23, 2018|

Be prepared for some of the West’s biggest and most important rivers and streams to see record low flows this spring and summer. That’s the message of the Colorado Basin River Forecast Center’s latest water supply forecast released Monday. “Below average precipitation continued to be the norm and not the exception for the month of [...]

Feb 16, 2018

Farms serve as natural experiment site for large-scale groundwater recharge

2018-02-14T10:14:46+00:00 Feb 16, 2018|

Dr. Helen Dahlke’s research contributes to restoring California’s water reserves. Dr. Helen Dahlke is an Associate Professor of Integrated Hydrologic Sciences in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources at the University of California, Davis. Dahlke was interviewed by UC Water’s Program Coordinator Leigh Bernacchi for the release of the UCTV Sustainable California video and open-access publication on the alfalfa research in California [...]

Feb 12, 2018

Book club seeks to bring awareness to water issues

2018-02-07T13:16:03+00:00 Feb 12, 2018|

Water 4.0 by David Sedlak is the book of focus for the Water Book Club, Jan. 17, 2018. The Club met in the Henry Madden Library in to discus of the first two chapters of the book. (Benjamin Cruz/The Collegian) A Fresno State group is hoping to make a difference throughout the campus [...]

Feb 07, 2018

Farming Wetlands to Grow Birds

2018-02-07T09:30:30+00:00 Feb 07, 2018|

California has lost 95% of its natural wetlands. Managing what’s left is complicated by inadequate water and infrastructure. PPIC talked to Ric Ortega, general manager for the Grassland Water District in the San Joaquin Valley, on what is needed to maintain wetlands in this difficult environment. PPIC: What are California’s biggest challenges for managing wetlands? Ric [...]

Feb 06, 2018

Continued Calibration is Key to SWIIM

2018-01-31T12:15:11+00:00 Feb 06, 2018|

  We've all heard the saying, "Bad data in, bad data out."  The opposite also holds true - verified data inputs assures a reliable, quality output.  Our daily time-step method for crop water budget accounting is based upon the idea that quality data should be processed at least daily when it comes to water applied [...]