In March of this year we featured a five-part blog series that covered the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment’s exploration of groundwater management in California. Back in headlines again, a Stanford University study is recommending groundwater recharge and storage across California as an affordable solution against the drought.
Echoing the benefits of MaxWell® drywells, the study suggests that the process known as “managed aquifer recharge,” or MAR, can serve as a means for flood control, improved water quality and wetland habitat protection. Looking back on our most recent digital case study, the Anaheim Convention Center (ACC) takes advantage of those benefits every time it rains; filtered runoff will be conveyed to a few enormous underground vaults, which drain into the ground through five MaxWell® drywells.
“We find that MAR is an effective and affordable way to balance local groundwater decisions with regional and statewide management,” said Debra Perrone, a postdoctoral scholar with Stanford’s Water in the West program and co-author of the study published in San Francisco Estuary & Watershed.
This Stanford study suggests state money would be better well spent building the necessary MAR facilities to recover and store the 1 million acre-feet of treated wastewater that flows into the ocean annually. The alternative to MAR, surface water projects, has a median cost of five times more expensive at 2,100 dollars per acre-foot.
The urgency to properly manage stormwater in California has never been higher as population increases and long-term resilience intensifies. California civil engineers are using MaxWell® drywells to solve many stormwater solutions starting with aquifer recharge.
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