California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014 (SGMA) requires that Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) manage groundwater resources to avoid significant and unreasonable adverse impacts on beneficial uses of interconnected surface water1, 2. Surface Water Depletion is one of the six SGMA Sustainability Factors that GSAs and their Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs) must consider and endeavor… Read more »
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Lee Knudtson, with years of experience helping customers utilize Wellntel Technology and Groundwater Data, will anchor Wellntel’s work in the state of California. With the 2014 passage of the historic Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), California has set an ambitious goal to bring the state’s critically important groundwater basins into a sustainable regime of pumping and… Read more »
Wellntel’s Community Groundwater Network in a Box is a citizen-science breakthrough and enabler of true public/private partnerships to improve rural life and resource resilience. Five systems, well-placed, create a new standard for local groundwater understanding and agreements. A Community Groundwater Monitoring Network in a Box is a way for a community to come together to… Read more »
Wellntel owners in central California are tracking the impacts of heavy rainfalls on groundwater levels in their wells. In a dramatic weather turn, the skies have opened up over an area that has suffered many months of drought. In Paso Robles, for example, there has been a total of seventeen inches of rainfall since October, with eleven of it… Read more »
They’ve been monitoring groundwater levels manually at the Audubon’s Kern River Preserve in Weldon, California since 1996. Last week, Wellntel CEO Marian Singer helped install the first Wellntel system at the preserve, and the first data is already coming in. Kern’s Manager, Reed Tollefson explains, “As you all know protecting water is critical to Audubon’s… Read more »
While the need for more information about groundwater grows, methods or plans to get it have lagged far behind for decades. And while computer models become more powerful every day, verifiably accurate observations to confirm and improve them are expensive and time consuming when you can’t see the resource, as is the case with groundwater…. Read more »
U-C Berkeley researchers, tapping Wellntel aggregated data for groundwater models, are experiencing the power of rich data – what some call “ground-truth” – in assessing the condition and future of the resource. Here’s an except from a recent article about Wellntel’s collaboration with UCB scientists in California Magazine. Excerpt: “The current problem, the [U-C Berkeley] researchers… Read more »
Sue Luft, Wellntel pilot program participant and founder of Pro Water Equity, and Nick Hayes, CTO of Wellntel, were interviewed by the KPIX 6 o’clock news about the importance of groundwater information to people who depend on private wells, like homeowners, ranchers, farmers and growers. Read more about Wellntel’s Paso Robles Pilot program here.
Gigaom has run a feature article about Wellntel by Ucilia Wang, a freelance reporter who writes about renewables for the Wall Street Journal, Forbes and many others. Ucilia did an exceptional job of understanding what we are doing and the impact we’re having. The article, and some good pictures, is here: http://gigaom.com/2014/05/02/this-startup-is-using-sound-waves-to-help-manage-ground-water/.
As part of Governor Jerry Brown’s drought response, the California Department of Water Resources has conducted new research and issued a new report documenting the impact of drought on groundwater resources and water wells in California. It’s worth noting that Wellntel pilot program participants are tracking these trends in realtime and are using what they… Read more »