The California Water Commission will determine which water storage projects will receive $2.7 billion in funding. Kirsten James, author of this article published on Water Deeply, has her fingers crossed that California carefully considers projects that expand underground storage.
“California voters overwhelmingly approved a $7.5 billion water bond, known as Proposition 1, to help the state better manage the precious resource.” (Kirsten James)
On October 18, 11 of the 12 completed proposals submitted mid-August 2017 were determined to meet the eligibility requirements to be considered for funding. It will be months before commissioners find out if their projects are awarded funding and how much. The total amounts requested for funding by these 11 projects is more than double the $2.7 billion that will be allocated so we can expect some serious competition. Torrent is excited to learn that two of the projects in contention are focused on groundwater storage.
“Hydrologists studying California’s situation agree that replenishing groundwater basins is a good bet for long-term water security – and sorely needed. During the drought years when California pumped groundwater for 60 percent of its water supplies, most groundwater basins depleted to dangerously low levels. The future – and smart implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) – compels us to restore water to these aquifers. Even in normal years, California relies on groundwater for 40 percent of its water, so to allow aquifers to be squeezed dry without efforts to replenish them would be foolhardy.”
If you’re an avid reader of our blog you know that sustainability of water resources is a common theme we tie back into offering low-cost, low-impact solutions. California can stretch their dollar further by awarding funds to cost effective solutions that ensure sustainable water supplies. Ask yourself as a civil engineer or contractor, “what can I do on my projects to impact the sustainability of water supplies in California?” Consider MaxWell drywells for your next project as a low-impact, low-cost solution for deep infiltration and groundwater recharge.