Historical water use data from GSI helps our clients sustain agricultural operations and plan for the future.
A reliable and sustainable water supply is critical to the success of any agricultural operation. For landowners, farmers, and growers, water is essential for sustaining business operations and property values. Years of drought, potential pumping allocation schemes associated with implementing the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), and adjudication proceedings have emphasized the need for landowners to fully understand and document water use—current and historical.
Keep in mind:
• Groundwater pumping cutbacks are likely on the horizon, particularly in basins where there have been significant declines in water levels.
• Well-documented water use information will help justify an alternative pumping allocation if cutbacks are required.
• Property values suffer when water becomes scarce. Strong historical water use documentation will support higher property values, if you choose to sell.
• Predictability of crop yield and revenue is essential to business planning. Thorough water use documentation will give you valuable data that can help you plan for the future.
Water Use Documentation: How It Works
We conduct a detailed review of water production and use by crop type and by year, and document irrigated area by year, well production and water levels, and irrigation systems that are in place. When updated regularly, this information can help you to better understand the sustainability of well pumping, identify well efficiency problems, and foresee potential water production issues caused by declines in groundwater levels.
We provide a historical water use report with recommendations for improving water use efficiency for each parcel of land. It is intended to be a living document that you can update as more information is collected in the future.