General Interest

Apr 08, 2019

A Winning Approach for Managing Groundwater in the San Joaquin Valley

2019-04-04T16:37:01-06:00Apr 08, 2019|

The San Joaquin Valley is in a time of great change. Decades of groundwater overuse have caused drinking water and irrigation wells to go dry, increased the amount of energy required to pump water, harmed ecosystems, and reduced the reserves available to cope with future droughts. Groundwater overdraft has also caused land to sink, damaging [...]

Apr 05, 2019

Colorado River: Half Empty, Half Full

2019-04-04T16:38:45-06:00Apr 05, 2019|

Andrea Lopez, spokeswoman for Ute Water Conservancy District, Center, talks about the Drought Response Information Project at a joint news conference along the banks of the Colorado River at Redlands Boat Ramp. Abundant rain and snow this winter washed away Mesa County's drought, but depleted water reserves are still recovering from one of [...]

Apr 04, 2019

SWIIM at Salinas AgTech

2019-04-04T11:26:34-06:00Apr 04, 2019|

SWIIM System's Lance Donny presents an overview of the new SWIIM dashboard to participants at the Salinas Agtech Summit on March 27, 2019.    

Mar 20, 2019

CALIFORNIA’S DROUGHT IS OVER. WHAT WILL THAT MEAN FOR WATER USE?

2019-03-19T16:25:30-06:00Mar 20, 2019|

California's water conservation has seen ups and downs in recent years. Here's what the data shows. For the first time in eight years, California is drought-free. According to the United States Drought Monitor, which uses data from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, parts of the most northern and southern counties are still "abnormally dry," but the state [...]

Mar 14, 2019

Colorado Drought Improves, Thanks to a Snowy Winter

2019-03-14T15:50:25-06:00Mar 14, 2019|

A month ago, the Colorado drought map, especially the Lower Colorado River Basin, looked apocalyptic.  While the exceptional drought dropped to .1% in the state, 21.7% of the state was still in extreme drought, and 17.9% of the state was in severe drought. Fast forward to today. 0% of the state in exceptional drought.  .6% [...]

Mar 06, 2019

Winter Storms wash drought almost completely off California map

2019-03-07T11:18:10-06:00Mar 06, 2019|

Back-to-back storms hammering California this winter have nearly washed drought off the California map. After the recent atmospheric river, only a lingering sliver of "moderate drought" conditions remains near the Oregon border. The federal Drought Monitor Map, one way to measure drought that's mainly used in agriculture, shows two percent of the state with "moderate drought" conditions and [...]

Feb 26, 2019

SWIIM System Wins Produce Tech Innovation “Pitch”

2019-02-26T16:59:32-06:00Feb 26, 2019|

SWIIM wins Produce Tech Innovation Pitch Four Ag Tech companies were selected to pitch their product at the Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association conference, wrapping up today at the Renaissance Hotel Denver.   SWIIM System was selected as one of the four companies.  We are excited to announce that we won!  SWIIM's Kevin [...]

Feb 25, 2019

SWIIM at Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association Conference

2019-02-25T14:39:57-06:00Feb 25, 2019|

Western Growers Dave Puglia talks about the future of water. "There is significant pressure in California to reform the water right allocation system that will not benefit agriculture" SWIIM System is at the 2019 Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association Conference, sponsored in part by Western Growers.  Dave Puglia, Executive Vice President of [...]

Feb 20, 2019

Southwest faces long road back to normal; Front Range dry but better off

2019-02-20T09:44:39-06:00Feb 20, 2019|

WHITEWATER, CO - FEBRUARY 13: Rancher Howard VanWinkle drives his tractor through a field to feed young cows on Wednesday, February 13, 2019. The VanWinkles faced drought in 2018, which caused them to sell off some 75 head of cattle. The field in Whitewater, which they lease from a gravel company, was the first [...]

Feb 13, 2019

New Scale to Characterize Strength and Impacts of Atmospheric River Storms

2019-02-13T09:45:04-06:00Feb 13, 2019|

Atmospheric river hits California. Photo: Jesse Allen, NASA Earth Observatory/ VIIRS satellite. A team of researchers led by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego has created a scale to characterize the strength and impacts of “atmospheric rivers,” long narrow bands of atmospheric water vapor pushed along by strong [...]