General Interest

Jun 24, 2019

Walking SWIIM Sites in Blythe

2019-06-20T14:55:51-06:00Jun 24, 2019|

There is nothing better than taking a day out with SWIIM clients to conduct field tours  of SWIIM installations throughout our regions.  Here we are touring an open channel, above-water monitoring site in Blythe, CA.  The sensors on top of the channel transmit near-real-time flow, as it is happening through the equipment located in the [...]

Jun 20, 2019

Learning the Language of Groundwater

2019-06-20T14:29:39-06:00Jun 20, 2019|

By Lori Pottingger, PPIC groundwater (ground·wa·ter \-wȯ-tər, -ˌwä-\ Water beneath the land surface that fills pore spaces in underlying soil or rock. Groundwater is a critical part of California’s water supply—on average, underground aquifers provide nearly 40% of the water used by California’s farms and cities, and more in dry years. But after decades of unsustainable pumping [...]

May 31, 2019

40 Million Reasons To Use The OnFarm Dashboard

2019-05-31T18:41:02-06:00May 31, 2019|

Did you know that the SWIIM/OnFarm dashboard processes over 40 million data points each and every month?  This data includes water application, water consumption, crop stress, climate, soil moisture and other important inputs, dialed down to a field- and crop-level, for every one of our clients.  The toolset provides water balance data not available from [...]

May 30, 2019

SWIIM at Forbes Ag Tech in Salinas

2019-05-31T12:04:55-06:00May 30, 2019|

  Join SWIIM at the 2019 Forbes Ag Tech Summit in Salinas, CA on June 26-27. Forbes has chosen us to be featured at the Western Growers Innovation Showcase for a third year.  SWIIM was recognized at a Top 25 Ag Tech company by Forbes two years running, 2017 and 2018. Visit our booth to [...]

May 06, 2019

DWR announces draft Basin Prioritization under SGMA for 57 modified basins

2019-04-30T15:32:17-06:00May 06, 2019|

“The California Department of Water Resources (DWR)  announced draft basin prioritization for 57 groundwater basins recently affected by basin boundary changes under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). For more than 75 percent of these basins, the results are a confirmation of prioritizations established in 2015. “SGMA is a pillar of the department’s integrated, holistic approach to water [...]

May 02, 2019

Checking the water jug that is Lake Powell

2019-04-30T12:38:35-06:00May 02, 2019|

The Colorado River making its way through Westwater Canyon in Utah, not far from the Colorado state line. How much water flows past this point has a direct bearing on water levels in Lake Powell. Anybody who has gone camping in the desert for more than a day has asked the same questions [...]

Apr 30, 2019

Upgrading California’s Water Grid to Meet 21st Century Needs

2019-04-30T12:24:51-06:00Apr 30, 2019|

Ellen Hanak, director of the PPIC Water Policy Center, testified today (April 2, 2019) before the House Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife, at a hearing on the state of western water infrastructure and innovation. Here are her prepared remarks. Most western states rely on water “grids”—networks of above- and below-ground water storage and conveyance [...]

Apr 26, 2019

Can Sensor Data Save California’s Aquifers?

2019-04-26T09:41:40-06:00Apr 26, 2019|

New research suggests a way to map precisely where and how to use groundwater recharge to refill Californian aquifers and stop the land from sinking. In California, the amount of water exiting aquifers under the state’s most productive farming region far surpasses the amount of water trickling back in. That rampant overdraft has caused land [...]

Apr 24, 2019

Getting Runoff Ready in Summit County

2019-04-24T11:20:37-06:00Apr 24, 2019|

Dillon Reservoir’s role in the mountains and why residents should be prepared for high river flows every spring. Spring is a critical time for Summit County residents and Denver Water customers. It’s when snow starts melting, which helps fill Dillon Reservoir. But large amounts of snow melting too fast can lead to flooding and hazardous water [...]

Apr 15, 2019

High snowpack leaves Nevada drought free with short-term water supply boost

2019-04-15T11:46:41-06:00Apr 15, 2019|

When snowpack in the eastern Sierra runs off into the Truckee River each spring, it hits several reservoirs before winding through Reno and flowing into Pyramid Lake. During the past couple of months, so much snow fell on the Truckee Basin — about 185 percent of normal for this time of the year — that [...]