The map is a collaboration between public benefit corporation Aquaoso and California Chapter ASFMRA
The free digital water map is a joint effort between Aquaoso and California Chapter, American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA), whose members are active in appraisal and management of agricultural properties and who provide consulting for agribusiness.
"Much of this information is publicly available, but does not always exist in the same place, making it hard to identify the relationships between various geographical regions," said Christopher Peacock, CEO/founder of Aquaoso. "After extensive discussions with leaders in the agricultural economy, and based on our existing research into California agricultural water risk, it was obvious we should launch a free version of this map."
"This free resource is a natural extension of the information we have been providing to the agribusiness community for years and is one of the many benefits we can bring to our members," said JoAnn Wall, ARA, president of California Chapter ASFMRA.
Early sponsors of the digital water map includes AgriFinancial, Golden State Farm Credit, Hortau, Pearson Realty, Schuil and Associates, Terra West Group and WaterWrights.
Aquaoso will be providing additional data to the free map in the coming months as they continue to assist the agricultural economy in identifying, understanding, monitoring and mitigating water related risks. They currently support some of the largest agricultural lenders, appraisers, brokers and agricultural investors in California to identify water risk at the parcel level. This is in addition to their broader loan and land portfolio tools they provide that includes extensive public and private datasets, including parcel level information, water district deliveries, crop types, soil, and more.
More information on the free digital water map is available here.