"California State Well Numbering (SWN) system wells are assigned a unique identifier without using a computer." - Yolo County Flood Control & Water Conservation District Manager
This video underscores how backwards some of our state agencies are with their internal workflows. Putting aside making data available to the public, the perpetuation of inefficient and outdated workflows circa 1970 is borderline scandelous in today's digital era.
It is understandable that decades of historical records are expensive to digitize, but there is little excuse when new data is compiled and archived in such ways. We can do better.
In our effort to build a digital public work for water in California, we are sharing open government methodologies, and civic technologies with all agencies we come into contact with. We do this from a place of love and understanding. We are fully aware of strained budgets and staffing, and are here to lend a hand.
Lets make California awesome!