Ag & Water Management

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 [...]

Feb 02, 2018

Could a major California city run dry like drought-stricken Cape Town?

2018-01-25T12:33:30+00:00 Feb 02, 2018|

A dystopian drama is unfolding in Cape Town, a popular tourist destination of nearly 4 million on the coast of South Africa that in April is expected to become the modern world’s first major city to run out of water after three years of drought. For Californians, who panted through five years of record drought [...]

Jan 29, 2018

Preparing for California’s unpredictable water future

2018-01-23T11:45:25+00:00 Jan 29, 2018|

If we had a crystal ball that showed our water future, it would be cloudy at best. In fact, downright unpredictable. Californians were lulled into a sense of relief as last year’s massive rainfall literally soaked our region. Flooded streets, sinkholes and monster storms dominated news coverage. However, we’re now potentially facing another incredibly dry [...]

Jan 23, 2018

Bureau of Reclamation Looks to “Maximize Water Deliveries”

2018-01-23T15:25:27+00:00 Jan 23, 2018|

The farmers who make up the heart of Western Growers’ membership are astute businesspeople. They understand the old adage, “Don’t throw good money after bad.” Our members understand that in business, sometimes problems are so intractable, endeavors so futile, that no matter how much more money you sink into a project, the original investment will [...]