Water Layer Demo: Fresno County, California

Learn how to use the California water layer to quickly find water district information and research areas impacted by groundwater management regulations.

What You'll Learn

In this video, you'll learn how the Acres water layer works. We'll explore a parcel in Fresno County, California, and show you key features in just 90 seconds. Discover water district affiliations, sub-basin priority, and groundwater sustainability agencies. Find out if the property is in an overdraft sub-basin, its dual-source water supply, and where to access more groundwater management information. Get valuable insights quickly with the Acres water layer.

Tip: The water layer is a Premium tool and is currently available for California and Nebraska. Try it free with a Premium trial.

Demo Hosted by Ben Maddox

Ben serves as the VP of Business Development and brings extensive expertise to his role at Acres. He has a strong background in investment and acquisition, having completed $300 MM of farm and timberland investments during his tenure as Director of Acquisitions. Ben is an Accredited Farm Manager and licensed Broker in the State of Arkansas. He is an esteemed member of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA) and the Arkansas Cattlemen's Association. He holds an MBA from the University of Arkansas's Walton College of Business.


0:00 - Hello, today I'm going to be showing you how the Acres water layer works. This is a premium tool offering that our due diligence team heavily uses for insights on parcels where water security is essential, such as California. To have some fun with this, I will show you how this feature works in under 90 seconds. Alright, let's start the clock and go.

0:17 - I'm going to zoom into a parcel in Fresno County, California. Utilizing the insights toolbar over on the left, I can open that up and see that there's a water layer tool. I can then select the state of California, and I'll receive several pieces of information about water management for this farm.

0:35 - The first is water district information. If I open that box up, I'll see that this farm lies within both the Fresno Irrigation District and the Kings River Conservation District. From here, I might dig deeper by visiting the websites of the irrigation districts themselves.

0:50 - Next, I'll turn on the Sigma Basin priority layer. Utilizing this layer, I can understand that the property lies within a high-priority sub-basin. This might point to potential limitations on the water availability of the property that I could investigate further.

1:05 - Finally, opening up the GSA or groundwater sustainability agency tab, I can see that this farm lies within the North King's GSA. The easiest point of contact for the GSA can be found here below, both by email and phone, and I can contact them to get more information about the GSA's water management plan.

1:25 - In just under 90 seconds, I now have an understanding that this property is in a critically over-drafted sub-basin and that it has dual-source water from two surface water irrigation districts. I also know where to look for groundwater management information at the North King's GSA and also for their relevant groundwater sustainability plan.