General Interest

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 [...]

Apr 10, 2019

State and Federal Experts Discuss San Joaquin Valley’s Water Future

2019-04-09T09:36:06-06:00Apr 10, 2019|

How can state and federal agencies help California’s largest agricultural region address its difficult water management problems? This was the theme of an event last week that brought together PPIC experts with top officials working on issues related to water, agriculture, and natural resources. Ellen Hanak, director of the PPIC Water Policy Center, launched the [...]

Apr 08, 2019

A Winning Approach for Managing Groundwater in the San Joaquin Valley

2019-04-04T16:37:01-06:00Apr 08, 2019|

The San Joaquin Valley is in a time of great change. Decades of groundwater overuse have caused drinking water and irrigation wells to go dry, increased the amount of energy required to pump water, harmed ecosystems, and reduced the reserves available to cope with future droughts. Groundwater overdraft has also caused land to sink, damaging [...]

Apr 05, 2019

Colorado River: Half Empty, Half Full

2019-04-04T16:38:45-06:00Apr 05, 2019|

Andrea Lopez, spokeswoman for Ute Water Conservancy District, Center, talks about the Drought Response Information Project at a joint news conference along the banks of the Colorado River at Redlands Boat Ramp. Abundant rain and snow this winter washed away Mesa County's drought, but depleted water reserves are still recovering from one of [...]