Posts by Blake Atkerson

Explore Parcel Groups

Understanding your properties requires organizing your data in a way that best fits your workflow. Groups allows you to organize parcels while you research and add groups to your portfolio.* Gone are the days of digging through computer and physical files, wading through emails, and circling back to folks to obtain notes and impressions. With…

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Understanding GSPs: Part 3

In Part 2 of this series, we covered the Basin Setting information and how to utilize that data. In this part, we look more closely at the quantitative data that determines whether or not a GSA is effectively managing their service territory towards sustainability. Sustainable Management Criteria The sustainable management criteria section of the GSP…

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Understanding GSPs: Part 2

Basin Setting In Part 1 of Understanding GSPs we covered Introductory and Plan Area sections in a GSP. In this section we will cover the Basin Setting section that is full of important water budget, recharge, and soil information. Basin setting refers to hydrogeological models, current and historical groundwater conditions, water budget information, and whether…

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Understanding GSPs: Part 1

The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) requires Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) to submit Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs) that include mandatory sections discussing how the GSA intends to bring the underlying groundwater basin into sustainable yield. GSPs for GSAs in Critically Overdrafted Areas are due January 31st, 2020, and the rest of the high and medium…

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Adapting to Climate Change and SGMA

We live in a world of water scarcity. By 2030, humanity’s annual global water requirements will exceed current sustainable water supplies by 40 percent. Food production needs, increased urban growth and environmental requirements combined with ongoing extreme weather events will undoubtedly put additional pressure on our water sources. In response to the growing threat of…

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Groundwater Banking and SGMA’s Undesirables 

Groundwater banking is a flexible water management tool that is critical for the success of California agriculture. GSPs should include water banking operations when appropriate in their GSPs. The groundwater banking operations will need to monitor their impacts to the surrounding area and work closely with GSAs to ensure they do not run afoul of…

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Key Government Players involved in SGMA 

Understanding the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) is important for navigating water risk. Equally as important is understanding the government organizations that play a key part in water supply under SGMA. The federal, state, and local government agencies all have a part to play in California’s water supply challenge. Federal  The most important agency that…

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Water Risk Perspectives

Water risk boils down to whether there is enough usable water for a property’s needs and will there be enough water for those needs in the future. However, No one data source can predict water risk. There are multiple perspectives to looking at water risk and all must be evaluated to provide the complete water…

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SGMA Impacts to Agricultural Lending

Questions on how water factors into agricultural lending decisions are bubbling to the top as water scarcity takes center stage in the agricultural economy. Increasing uncertainty in the near-future is the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). SGMA allows newly formed local government agencies, known as Ground Water Sustainability Agencies, to regulate groundwater pumping. The uncertainty…

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What is SGMA?

In 2014, California became the last state in the U.S. to formally regulate groundwater by enacting the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, or SGMA. Groundwater regulation had various forms before 2014. California saw groundwater adjudications that brought competing interests together for a court-supervised negotiation and settlement. California also created voluntary groundwater regulation through AB 3030 and…

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