3. Potential Agricultural Water Savings in California with Aquaponics

Now it’s Your Turn

In the comments, please ask questions or make suggestions that will help the cartographer improve the map. Key things to think about include:

  • Does the map orient the viewer?
  • Does the data tell a story?
  • Does the map support the story being told?
  • Does the map make assumptions?
  • How could the map be more readable?
  • Are there any errors or typos?
  • Tangnar

    Very nice cartography, simple, concise and informative. While it may not be necessary or possible in this map, i’d be interested to see some representation of land cover data showing the farmed land. Maybe as a texture or something? Just a thought.

    Also, at first I thought the county labels’ different shades (gray and white) had meaning, but I think it’s just because white doesn’t show up on lighter shades of the color ramp. Cool map!

  • sarah dorrance

    I like the ease of gathering the information given and the watery colors used for this map. I especially like the picture of the US with CA darkened. I might darken the mileage scale. Under water consumption I would remove ‘compared to’ and replace it with something like, 10% is municipal consumption. I am unclear and wonder if the single *symbol means something to the map? I would consider separating the “reflects” info, maybe 1/2 or 3/4 of a space from the ‘savings’ info, so they seem more separate and maybe bold or make bigger just those 2 words. I like the gray font color and would make the reflects/savings info just a bit darker. I don’t know your font size but at ‘source’ I would again separate and make your sources smaller or enlarge your other text. I am unclear what this means and wonder if you need to say **crops used for sampling…?

  • Melissa Brooks

    Love the style and over all feel of this map, it looks like a ready to go “product” which is great. The only comment I have for this map is to make the Heading or Title more dominant.

  • Aly DeGraff Ollivierre

    I love the style of this map, the color schemes work well, and I’m a fan of the simple reference map and the extra-informative legend! Miniature comment: add a text mask behind your name in the corner of the map so it can be read over the boundary line. Great job!

  • Aquaponics is very fashionable but it takes a lot more than water. I suggest adding some text — or $$ figures on the map — showing the CapEx/OpEx for aquaponics facilities where there is dirt now. (Oh, and do power supply/cost, even if solar)

  • AD

    Map is clear and informative. Maybe the only thing would be set the legend apart more distinctly, rather than in the same shape as the cycle diagram – maybe a bit too much going on for one diagram, and the legend applies more to the counties’ map than the cycle diagram. The text could also start off right away with a short sentence or two directly about aquaponics, and then move into the background on California, water consumption, etc. The Channel Islands are also colored green, which probably results from being classified in the same county on the mainland, but doesn’t make sense (not crops cultivated there right?), so they could be left blank/grey/white. I like the idea of the title in larger font, and perhaps one line stretched across the top to unite the map, text and diagram/legend sections. Minor tweaks on an already nice map!

  • Daniel

    The color scheme of this map is wonderful in helping orient one to the content of map and the legend works well, and orienting viewer to the Central Valley as an entity of water consumption. I would consider including pictures of agricultural products produced in the region–and note that they are heavy consumers of water, as lettuce. I would also discuss aquaponics a bit more–to explain the ease of change and its mechanics. The use of aquaponics are clearly illustrated as being located in the parts of the Central Valley where rainfall is far lighter, and irrigation more expansive. Would it make more sense to focus on the Central Valley as a region to the exclusion of the surrounding states? I like the idea of drawing attention to the agricultural region as a consumer of water (as the text does effectively) and as a site of savings of water (as the map does) but might expand a focus on this region–as well as focus on the role of those fish! Minor suggestion in text: break last sentence in text block into two, so final sentence would read: “Widespread adoption of aquaponics in the Central Valley could relieve continued stresses on CA’s stresses water supplies.”