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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…

Water Resilient Portfolio Demands Innovation and Partnership

By Blake Atkerson | May 9, 2019

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…

Impacts to Real Estate 

By Blake Atkerson | May 3, 2019

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…

What is Groundwater?

By Blake Atkerson | Apr 3, 2019

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…

Mitigate Water Risk

By Blake Atkerson | Feb 7, 2019

Estimated Time to Read: 2 Minutes 30 Seconds In our last few posts we covered how to identify water risk, the challenges and opportunities in understanding water risk, and the importance of monitoring change to water risk. Armed with your new perspective, what are the next steps to make intelligent decisions based on your insights? Unfortunately, the best…

Monitor Water Risk

By Blake Atkerson | Feb 7, 2019

Estimated Time to Read: 1 Minute 40 Seconds In our last post we discussed the opportunity and challenge in collecting, analyzing, and communicating water risk. The next important task is keeping track of changes to the diverse set of risk indicators and the variables that impact water risk analysis. However, in today’s modern world of instant communication, fluctuations…