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Southern California Water Company Crop Water Use

groundwater irrigation Agriculture Water Resources

Land IQ staff prepared testimony for Santa Clara County Superior Court on behalf of Southern California Water Company for a groundwater adjudication case in the Santa Maria Valley. This work  involved expert witness testimony, both in deposition and in trial settings.

Land IQ undertook a year-long effort to assess crop water use for an historical 58-year period over a 164,000-acre basin. The work focused on pumped water and return flows to groundwater under irrigated and non-irrigated areas. Crop and native vegetation evapotranspiration and soil storage were modeled. Water was assessed to ensure adequate quality for sensitive crops.