An article featured in Water Deeply written by Alastair Bland covers how the recent rain and snowfall in California could reverse the decline of California’s groundwater storage. Bland interviewed a hydrologist with the University of California, Davis who says water agencies must find efficient ways to refill depleted aquifers. A common theme of our blogs over the last year has been how California continues to overdraft their water savings account. The state is on track to exhaust the resources of the recent rain and snowfall in less than two seasons according to the same hydrologist.
California has more dry years than wet years. Ultimately this results in an overdraft of water resources due to groundwater pumping during dry years. Thomas Harter, a professor with the university’s Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, says California draws water from the ground faster than the water is being replaced by downward percolation.
“The challenge, then, will be for Californians to identify methods for diverting surplus surface water during wet winters into areas where it can sink into the ground and recharge overdrawn aquifers.” – Bland
Harter suggests more dry years are ahead and they are coming quickly. Agencies are kicking their stormwater management efforts into high gear as the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (2014) requires them to do so by the end of June. May we suggest agencies look at how MaxWell® drywells can increase their capacity of aquifer recharge without breaking the budget?
MaxWell drywells are a small foot print, low-cost solution that help increase capacity for aquifer recharge. MaxWell drywells already appear on many projects in Southern California that are managing stormwater as a resource, providing flood control, preventing downstream flooding, improving water quality, and promoting groundwater recharge.
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