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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

SGMA’s Impact to Water Management 

The SGMA is disrupting those professions tasked with managing water and the risk surrounding water-business decisions. Businesses and professions that work in and around water-dependent industries must assess the water risk of their operation. Identifying the risks stemming from SGMA can create strategic opportunities to weather future water supply volatility.  Supply and Demand  At its…

Read More

Water Resilient Portfolio Demands Innovation and Partnership

Governor Newsom’s Executive Order sets priorities for a water resilient portfolio for California. The Governor states: “To meet these challenges, we need to harness the best in science, engineering and innovation to prepare for what’s ahead and ensure long-term water resilience and ecosystem health. We’ll need an all-of-above approach to get there.” California’s environmental agencies…

Read More

Impacts to Real Estate 

Real Estate Brokers and appraisers have a fiduciary duty to their client to represent truthfully all material facts related to a transaction. In our new world of water scarcity, satisfying this duty becomes increasingly complex especially for agricultural real estate. The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) only increases the complexity.  As SGMA restricts a farmer’s last reliable source of water, agricultural real estate transactions will be…

Read More

What are Message Queues?

We like to transfer information and talk to each other in the office. Much like people, computers and systems need to talk to each other too. However, like people, computers have to wait their turn to communicate when things get busy. Enter message queues!  As you may have noticed, we gather information from many sources to build…

Read More

What is Groundwater?

Image of groundwater aquifer

Groundwater is the water beneath the Earth’s surface largely in pore spaces, little holes within rocks, located in the strata zone. One part of the strata zone is the zone of saturation. Groundwater is withdrawn from the zone of saturation. Below the zone of saturation is solid bedrock that acts as a container for the…

Read More

Groundwater Well Research Tips

Screenshot of groundwater wells on a map

The AQUAOSO Water Research Platform offers a variety of data sources all in one place. Effectively wielding the tool and integrating it into your workflow is an important step to enhancing your water research. Q: I want to know more about wells in the area I am researching, can you help me out with that?  A: Certainly. We…

Read More

SGMA Basin Boundary and Priority

The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) requires medium- and high-priority groundwater sub-basins to have a Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) which executes a Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) to bring their groundwater sub-basin into “sustainable yield.” Sustainable yield refers keeping the basin healthy by balancing groundwater withdrawals with a healthy level of groundwater in the sub-basin and…

Read More