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Water Risk Analysis from the Macro to the Micro View – Part 2

By Blake Atkerson | May 13, 2020

We wrap up an explanation of macro and micro risk analysis. Check out Part 1 before reading Part 2.

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Water Risk Analysis from the Macro to the Micro View – Part 1

By Blake Atkerson | May 13, 2020

Water security is both a macro-global problem and a micro-local problem. How do you analyze water risk from both macro and micro views? Learn how to use datasets and GIS to get a complete water risk picture.

Maps: The Power of Seeing Data

By Lauren Pettyjohn | Apr 17, 2020

Nearly everything is being measured today. Data is being captured on almost every aspect of life. But what does that data tell us? How can we harness this data to create and share relationships between multiple datasets in a meaningful way with others? How can this data be displayed in a way that is beneficial…


Facing Uncertainty by Collaborating Together

By Blake Atkerson | Apr 13, 2020

We can face uncertainty and succeed when we collaborate, share, and rely on others.

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Remote Work at AQUAOSO

By Ken Hunt | Mar 20, 2020

At AQUAOSO, supporting remote workers is nothing new. As a cloud Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) provider in Folsom, California, we all work remote from time to time. Half of us work remote a few days per week; the other half are in other locales and full-time remote. As a result of our mixed-remote culture, support for remote…

AQUAOSO® joins The Techstars® Sustainability Accelerator, in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, to ensure a water resilient future.

By Chris Peacock | Jul 29, 2019

PRESS RELEASE  For Immediate Release       AQUAOSO® joins The Techstars® Sustainability Accelerator, in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, to ensure a water resilient future. Denver, CO – July 29, 2019 –  AQUAOSO Technologies PBC, a software company that provides water risk analytics to organizations impacted by water scarcity, joins The Techstars Sustainability Accelerator, in partnership…

Understanding GSPs: Part 3

By Blake Atkerson | Jun 19, 2019

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…

Understanding GSPs: Part 2

By Blake Atkerson | Jun 12, 2019

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…

Understanding GSPs: Part 1

By Blake Atkerson | Jun 5, 2019

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…

Adapting to Climate Change and SGMA

By Blake Atkerson | Jun 3, 2019

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…

Groundwater Banking and SGMA’s Undesirables 

By Blake Atkerson | May 28, 2019

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…

Key Government Players involved in SGMA 

By Blake Atkerson | May 28, 2019

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…

Water Risk Perspectives

By Blake Atkerson | May 21, 2019

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…

SGMA Impacts to Agricultural Lending

By Blake Atkerson | May 17, 2019

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…

What is SGMA?

By Blake Atkerson | May 14, 2019

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…

SGMA’s Impact to Water Management 

By Blake Atkerson | May 12, 2019

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…