At the time the article, Groundwater Data: California’s Missing Metrics, was initially published by the Standford Woods Institute for the Environment, there were no laws, rules, or regulations when it came to measuring groundwater levels in California. Now, I know what you’re thinking…”California pumps more groundwater annually than any other state in the U.S. AND they’ve been in an epic drought for 4 years…and counting.” How could this be? Up until this point, despite California being in a water crisis, there was only speculation of how much water California was using…and has left. Californians can breathe a little easier knowing that in September of 2014, the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act was signed into law and requires the monitoring of groundwater levels, groundwater quality, subsidence, and changes in groundwater surface water flows and quality.
The authors of this article carefully recount the political history and climate that surrounds groundwater data while suggesting the pieces of information that are vital to effective management in the face of Groundwater Data Reform. These specific metrics include;
- Well Drilling Logs
- Groundwater Elevations
- Production Metering
- Groundwater Quality
- Groundwater Models
The authors note the drought and related cutbacks on surface water supplies are motivating groundwater users to drill new or deeper wells in increasing numbers. Could the implementation of improved groundwater management and motivation to drill deeper wells be the change California urgently needs to gain control of their groundwater? We sure hope so. Torrent Resources has installed thousands of MaxWell® Drainage Systems in Southern California and isn’t stopping there.
Torrent Resources will be hosting a Speaker Series in California to educate civil engineers and general contractors about the benefits of installing MaxWell® drywells on their projects. The first of many is set to hit Pasadena this coming May 11,2016.
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