Using in-field data to achieve groundwater sustainability

Groundwater, water held underground in the soil or rock, is one of California’s most precious and contentious resources. Due to California’s climate and long-lasting droughts, roughly 85% of California’s population and much of its $50 billion agriculture industry rely on groundwater, as opposed to surface water, as their main water source. In an attempt to…

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Pump Monitoring Saves Energy and Money

Groundwater pumps are an essential part of the California agriculture infrastructure. Across the state, 1 million pumps bring water from underground aquifers to the surface for agricultural water supply. Together, these pumps use over 7.7 terawatt hours of energy every year. That’s equivalent to % of California’s total annual electricity consumption. That much energy is…

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Building a Drought Resilience Network for Ag in the Western US

According to the National Drought Resilience Partnership (NDRP), “In 2012, approximately two-thirds of the continental U.S. was affected by chronic drought. Severe droughts are projected for the next several decades, impacting the nation’s communities and economy”. Some have come to call this the era of the megadrought in the Western US specifically. The region is…

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