Mapping, Modeling, Measuring and Monetizing Enhanced Groundwater Recharge with Stormwater in California
Speaker: Andrew Fisher, University of California, Santa Cruz
Stormwater is an under-appreciated resource in California, and will be increasingly important as demand for freshwater increases, land use and vegetation shifts, and precipitation becomes more intense in coming years. The recent drought has exacerbated water management challenges in California, but also provides once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, especially through development and implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (2014). Fisher, students, and colleagues are collaborating with land owners, agencies, and regional stakeholders to identify locations where stormwater could contribute to enhanced groundwater recharge, conduct site investigations to assess local conditions, create implementation projects and quantify their performance, improve water quality, and develop a program of incentives that will encourage broad participation and engagement. These projects show that water quality and water supply can be improved simultaneously through managed recharge.