New Rules and New Technologies to California Farmers and Managers Providing Groundwater Supply


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New Rules and New Technologies to California Farmers and Managers Providing Groundwater Supply

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The majority of California farmers showed a significant lack of groundwater use. Water managers are responsible for putting California's exhausted aquifers on the road to sustainability now to get the data to do the job. The launch of new agencies created by the state-sustainable underground management act, the manager must decide what to know and how to get information.


Measuring measurements they need to mean two different views of ground reality. First of all, to take out the report by identifying who will take the water, then will be able to control the sustainability of the state, which is required in the state of 517 underground waters 109. Secondly, control the general health of the sick, to ensure that it is not infringed by different state borders.

As long as they can learn technical answers to measuring parameters, managers should be confronted with local dependence on confidentiality, which has increased chronic extra pumping. For heavy decades, severe users have resisted any record. Well the meter was anchored. The new bore wells reported to the state, but by law, this information was kept private.

Such confidentiality restrictions have been completed in 2015, following the Groundwater Act Act; In the beginning of 2017, the State Water Resources Control Board published a digital map of state wells. But only knows where the wells are not the same as knowing how much they pump or their impact on the aquifer below.

Pistachio trees grow in the Harter family farm Kern County. Credits: Andrew Harter

"As long as no one was measured or groundwater monitoring, it was the advantage of any farmer who could afford it," said Peter Gleck, co-founder of the Pacific Institute, who has deep expertise on water issues. The system, he said, was "developed to ignore." Other experts deny such a blunt anti-farmer viewpoint. Both agriculture use and urbanization, they said, expanded underground use of sustainability: the fingers could point anywhere.

Even when Pumping Unmetered, remote sensing techniques had been removed by Veil underground discharge

The intensity of underground water users has led to less strain on the growth of remote observation options. For instance, NASA's pairing trin satellites have been able to estimate that from 2003 to 2010, central helicopters lost only 25 mln of groundwater – more than half of California's annual underground waters. GRACE satellites showed the world's decline in many central field farmers already starting to tackle.

While the program "GRACE" has passed since last year, it is even more likely that additional satellite data such as NASA's landscape orbit. Such distantly collected data, in addition to the need to fulfill the new law, has more or less seeded farming. Some managers learn from areas that are already collected on use of underground waters. Under the new law, courts have covered the work.

For 22 years on state evidence, Mojave Agency continues to St. Tally

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New Rules and New Technologies to California Farmers and Managers Providing Groundwater Supply

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Ignoring is not something judges as an excuse for inaction. The use of wells and ground waters is mostly in underground waters, which are subject to water supply complaints in previous years. Mojave Water Agency operates a basin covering 4,900 square miles in the desert spreading west of the intersection of California, Nevada and Arizona. His water solution was transferred in 1996. Annually, the amount of underground water wells and their annual "production" or withdrawal are reported appropriately.

For example, the findings of the Mojo say that Geo and Su Harter, owners of Herter's farms, needles, 11 agriculture and two internal use. Last year, 2,361 hectares of water under the desert was spent in Holland, more than half of them reach 5,234.

Joe Harter's son Andrew, who, along with his father, develops the pistols and Bermuda herb, says that the 1996 court order that requires accountability is "progressing on the control of our use," he said. "We have to do more." He added that "at the end of the day, we must have sustainability." What irritates it is, apparently, constant construction of new housing subdivisions, each of which creates a new requirement for water. "I think the sustainability is the best, and my problem is on the back of the farmers."

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During the court order, there was a small volume of groundwater discharge and reporting on the area of ​​the Water Agency. The engineering firm was accused of being pumped. When there were no records, the firm favored aviation photos that used the number of different agricultural crops. This prompted most of the users as a holster to start their own recordings, often using the flow meters of their bore.

Electricity consumption is used for prostitutes using groundwater, said General Manager Tom McCarthy of Kojava. The water is grave and the underground waters from dozens of depths or hundred feet are energy intensive. More power consumption, more water has been pumped. "We tend to use methods that are trying and genuinely," he said.

Reduced pools are now run by new agencies. For at least two years they should have long-term sustainability plans. Some users can find their pumping dramatically limited. Some can trade their water rather than farming it. All will be good data.

The more accurate measurement is going to be more effective driving

Zebeda notes that everyday governance of the underground waters controlled by water supply is more easily understood by how many users are consumed. Like McCarthy, he finds that its biggest agricultural customers are cooperative and share the pump data. Why? Nearly two decades ago, in the wake of groundwater crisis, the local cooperative was established in the Indian Wells Pool and started measuring and sharing their consumption data.

The data of their two decades shows that the total number of underground waters in the last decade is 17 percent less. The largest agriculture consumer, Medvedrock Farms, made almost one third of annual consumption in the same period, from 9,270 million to 6,387 m. By this time, the Zebadz water district enjoyed 29 percent less. Its large agricultural customer, mainly Pistocci and alfapafa farmers, is open and cooperative.

Less cooperative, he says, are small customers. "Someone said:" How much are you pumping? Not playing well with many private well-owners. "He added:" The challenge is to us locally [all users] Recognizes there is a need to know who is pumping how much. "

Individual measurement resistance begins to fade

What Mr. Zebea faces in his several districts is small agricultural customers 25 years ago by Eric Averdet. Aereet, general manager of the Rossdale-Rao Bravo Water Storage Area, recalls: "There was a wide variety of data sharing, private ownership was more of an opinion, people felt it was confidential and might have an impact on competitiveness.

But before 2014, he said that this attitude was changing as the development of remote zones of severe five-year drought and groundwater levels. He held meetings recently when he called me "all the names in the book of the landowners and condemned the great government". However, according to him, general reception of water usage is widespread, even though there is resistance.

That is why the situation that began in the desert areas now extends to San Joaquin Valley's agricultural landscape. Here, the preferred method is not meter, but the measuring received satellite images. In the San Luis Opiska Irrigation Training and Research Center, Cal Poly uses "Metric" method – originally developed at the University of Idaho – Kern and Turur.

The idea is to use high-resolution satellite farms in farm fields to indicate what cultures use water. Knowing how much water is transmitted in the air (or "transit") and combines the fact that the specific evaporation rate at specific temperatures, the researchers turned into satellite photographs into water use data. Combination of these two losses in the air from the air – from plant and soil – so called "Euptransform".

Precise assessment of water supply is often used by the farmers to use groundwater

This technique has something that does not reduce simple pumping recordings – the amount of underground water irrigation water that flows through the soil and returns water. It is commonly known as "filling" and reflects how aquifers fill the water under natural conditions. Kern County Farmers, said Dan Howes, engineer Cal Poly, said that Kern County farmers "know we do not have enough water to pay the pool year after year and keep underground we pumping.

"The main issue is that farmers are going to come to grips, we have a lot of evaporants and not enough water supply," says Hosi. Another way, too many thirsty plants in a very hot climate use too much water and destroy aquifer. He added that after "they come to grips with you," there are only two options-to reduce evapotranspiration, perhaps leaving areas fallow or planting less thirsty crops or more shallow water. Farmers without surface water can be difficult.

Howes will not hinder the company how much of the underlying water dependence in the agricultural sector will be reduced, except when the decline is important. It works through the water pump in Tular, Fresno and the Aquarius countries, and the new underground water has been hired by the kernel for a historical overview of landscape images over the years. He has more than 23 years of data in the region from Fresno to Bakersfield.

How do local farmers react to the prospect of pumping down? "The one who I talked to on a very small surface is very depression." But they are realistic. "ზოგი ამბობს:" დაახლოებით 20 წელი მაქვს და მერე პენსიაზე გადავდივარ ". მან დასძინა:" მე გაოცებული ვარ რამდენი ადამიანი ვლაპარაკობ ვინ ამბობენ: ყველამ იცოდა, რომ ეს მოდიოდა ". ასეთი კომენტარი, ჰოუესმა თქვა, რომ ყველაზე ხშირად ფერმერები წყლის ზედაპირზე მოდის.

Gleick, წყნარი ოკეანის ინსტიტუტის, განაცხადა, "California მიწისქვეშა იყო კლასიკური ტრაგედია commons." ახლა, "ჭკვიანი ფერმერები აპირებენ მიიღონ გადასვლა, თუ როგორ უნდა მართოს მათი წყლის რესურსების ქვეშ მდგრადი კომპლექტი წესები."


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