It’s been an exciting few weeks recounting the Stanford Woods for the Environment groundwater article series. In our final installment in this mini-series we are taking a look at the impact groundwater pumping and depletion is affecting more than just the humans that inhabit California. The authors of the fifth article, “Groundwater, Rivers, Ecosystems and Conflicts”, analyze the affect non-regulated groundwater pumping has on California rivers, species, ecosystems, and surface water users.
“California is home to a surprisingly diverse and widespread number of groundwater-dependent species and ecosystems (GDEs), some of which are endangered.”
Now, we know how the drought has affected the daily lives of Californian’s and how in September of 2014, the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act was signed into law and requires managing connected groundwater and surface waters. What we didn’t realize was how deep the groundwater depletion issues were going. The authors of the article suggest two fundamental ways to improve how California law and policy consider and manage the impacts of pumping groundwater on rivers and the environment.
- Increasing legal tools beyond the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act to ensure the laws and regulations set in place are monitored and grow with the changing environment and situations.
- Those who pump groundwater are doing more beyond monitoring their use but finding ways to compensate and offset these effects.
It’s up to California when it comes to maintaining laws and regulations when it comes to groundwater but we have a few ideas on how those who pump groundwater can offset the effects. 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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