SGMA Survival event in Exeter looks to help farmers prep for 2020

As farmers and water users continue to worry about California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, a marquee law that will significantly alter the use of groundwater pumping – especially amongst farmers – an event on Thursday aims to help clarify and assist with preparation before the law begins to go into effect.

The SGMA Survival Tool Kit event – hosted by Water Wrights, Fresno State’s Water Energy and Technology Center, and the Tulare County Farm Bureau – is being held at the Exeter Memorial Building on Thursday, from 3 to 6 p.m.

Water Wrights is a Central Valley news service focused on the ins and outs of water policy, operated by Sun Contributor Don Wright.

Recently, Wright wrote a terrific breakdown of the 2014 law for The Sun that delves into what it does and the challenges it presents the Valley’s agricultural community.

Speakers at Thursday’s forum include Lindmore Irrigation District General Manager Michael Hagman, TechFlo Systems president Steve Huth, Friant Water Authority external affairs chief Johnny Amaral, Denmark Consulate General Commercial Advisor Lasse Thomassen, and Fresno State WET Center chief Tommy Esqueda, among others.

For more information on Thursday’s forum, click here.

Alex Tavlian is the Executive Editor of The San Joaquin Valley Sun and Executive Director of Valley Future Foundation. You can reach Alex at