Updated: Dec 22, 2021
(Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014)
1. KNOW YOUR WATER SOURCES:
Farming is a complex business, we understand that - knowing what your strengths and weaknesses are when it comes to water supply is critical to your operational success. Is your property groundwater dependent? Does the local water district have a secure water right in most year types? Knowing your proposed local rules and regulations on groundwater use and where surface water is available will help stabilize business decisions moving into the future.
2. RECORD EVERYTHING:
Now is the time to make investment in flow meters within your operation - the more water history you track and log the better equipped you are as a grower. Your local Water District and/or Groundwater Sustainability Agency will be using a host of technologies to track water consumption at scale and there's no harm in checking their work!
Keep a historical record of use of surface deliveries, well run times, and groundwater elevations before and after the growing seasons are great places to start. Having this information available doesn't just protect you in the case of a discrepancy by a local agency but can help you make better decisions long term to improve your farm's bottom line.
3. STAY ENGAGED WITH LOCAL AGENCIES:
Nothing is more important than having a seat at the decision-making table when it comes to local agencies figuring out how to utilize water. Get to every meeting that you can realistically make within the short number of hours you have in a week.
Showing face is one of the best ways to connect with decision makers that range from your fellow farmers all the way up the chain to directors of state and federal agencies - most of these people really are trying to make the best decisions for everyone that is involved and will be more than happy to have a conversation with someone that they have seen before.
4. HAVE THE RIGHT PEOPLE IN YOUR CORNER:
Did one of these tips make your brain start to wonder and you don't know what the next move is? We get it, it's what we do every day at Water and Land Solutions. Water & Land Solutions was formed in 2018 and offers a variety of expertise to evaluate, develop, acquire, and manage agricultural land and water supplies. We bring value to land by securing water and other resources to understand, develop, and maximize returns.
Bringing value to land by securing water and other resources to understand, develop, and maximize returns.
Water & Land Solutions is based on the ability to organize, manage, and understand the people they represent through effectively engaging with neighbors, regulators, agencies, and new partners to reach the stated goals and objectives. Water & Land Solutions are your go to water experts!
WLS continues to grow as California's unique water objectives change, give us a call at (559) 474-2477 if you have any questions about how to navigate your farm's water decisions!