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Managed Aquifer Recharge Symposium

"Increasing Opportunities for Groundwater Storage"




Date: January 25-26, 2011


Location: Atrium Hotel - Irvine, California



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About the Symposium


The Water Research Foundation (WaterRF), Orange County Water District (OCWD), and NWRI held a symposium in January 2011 on “Managed Aquifer Recharge” to address the issues and needs involved with using surface water recharge facilities to supply aquifers with surface waters, including river water, recycled water, and storm water.


The use of surface water for aquifer recharge has been around for ore than 100 years.  In recent years, however, there has been growing interest in optimizing existing recharge systems and identifying new opportunities to use surface water recharge to better manage available water supplies and groundwater basins.  This interest is due to:


Recharging aquifers as a water supply alternative has significant potential to address water supply needs, and managed aquifer recharge offers the ability to utilize underused groundwater storage.


The symposium was specifically designed to provide a forum for discussions about managed aquifer recharge and to exchange information among practitioners and experts in the field. 


It was a 2-day event, featuring over 30 speakers, posters, and exhibits, and a keynote presentation by policy expert Richard Atwater, Executive Director of the Southern California Water Committee.


Over 170 people attended the symposium.


Click here to download a PDF of the Symposium Program (3 MB).



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PowerPoint Presentations


Keynote Presentation


History of Groundwater Conjunctive Use with MWD Imported Supplies and Future Opportunities to Increase Groundwater Storage in Southern California

Richard W. Atwater, Southern California Water Committee

Session 1: Utility Planning for Recharge


Keeping the Water Going: Challenges to Recharge in the Montebello Forebay

Monica Gasca, County Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County


Aquifer Storage and Recovery: Implementation of a Drought Management Plan

Roberto Macias, San Antonio Water System


The El Monte Valley Mining, Reclamation, and Groundwater Recharge Project

Tim Smith, Helix Water District


Session 2: Recharge Basin Performance and Operations


Managed Aquifer Recharge in the Middle Rio Grande Basin, New Mexico

Stephanie Moore, Daniel B. Stephens & Associates, Inc.


Stabilizing and Restoring an Aquifer and Springs - Managed Aquifer Recharge in the Walla Walla River Basin, Oregon

Robert Bower, Golder Associates (New Zealand)


Evaluation of Trapped Gas Clogging during Spreading Basin Recharge

Victor Heilweil, U.S. Geological Survey


Session 3: Utility Experience in Basin Optimization


Planning and Operations Experience with the Chino Basin Groundwater Recharge Program

Andy Campbell, Inland Empire Utilities Agency


Recharge Performance Enhancement through Sediment Removal: Orange County Water District Sediment Removal Feasibility Study

Craig Miller, Orange County Water District


Assessing Percolation and Recharge Characteristics of Recharge Ponds Using Time Domain Electromagnetics (TDEM)

Martin Miele, United Water Conservation District


Session 4: Facility Planning and Engineering


Semitropic-Rosamond Water Bank Authority - Antelope Valley Water Bank

Marc Rozman, GEI/Bookman-Edmonston Consultants


Recharge Potential for the Stressed Regional Aquifers by Local Floods in the Paso Del Norte Region

Zhuping Sheng, Texas A&M University


Optimization of Supplemental Water Recharge Location and Magnitude to Balance Recharge and Discharge in the Chino Basin

Mark Wildermuth, Wildermuth Environmental Inc.


Managed Aquifer Recharge to Fractured Sandstone

Victor Heilweil, U.S. Geological Survey


Session 5a: Innovative Recharge


The Increasing Role of Storm Water for Groundwater Recharge in the Central Basin, Los Angeles Coastal Plain, Southern California

Ted Johnson, Water Replenishment District of Southern California


Energy-Efficient Aquifer Storage, Recovery, and Replenishment

Leslie Dumas, RMC Water and Environment


Enhancement of Existing Facilities for Managed Recharge in the Upper Snake River Basin, Idaho

David Tuthill, Idaho Water Engineering LLC


Session 5b: Measurement and Monitoring


High Resolution Geophysical Surveys to Find Optimal Recharge Basin Sites

John Jansen, Cardno ENTRIX

Measuring the Distribution of Percolation Rate in an Artificial Recharge Basin Using Fiber Optic Distributed Temperature Sensing

Matthew Becker, California State University Long Beach


The Design, Construction, and Use of Instrumented Boreholes and DC Resistivity Surveys to Measure Artificial Recharge in Thick Unsaturated Zones

David O'Leary, U.S. Geological Survey


Session 6a: Innovative Recharge


The Orange County Water District Riverbed Filtration Pilot Project: Solids and Organic Carbon Removal Using Induced Riverbed Filtration

Adam Hutchinson, Orange County Water District


A Role for Dispersed Groundwater Recharge Systems to Balance the Effects of Hydromodification

Daniel Stephens, Daniel B. Stephens & Associates, Inc.


In Situ Arsenic Removal during Groundwater Recharge through Unsaturated Alluvium

John Izbicki, U.S. Geological Survey


Session 6b: Modeling of Recharge Basin Performance


Recharge and Supply Allocation in the Ames Valley Basin: Making It Happen

Phyllis Stanin, Todd Engineers


Development of a Computer Model to Optimize Recharge Performance: Orange County Water District Recharge Facilities Model

Greg Woodside, Orange County Water District


Optimizing Recharge and Recovery at Recharge Basins in the Pauba Valley

Daniel Craig, Todd Engineers


Session 7: Operational Experience in Arizona Systems


Session 8: Basin Recharge Research



Attendee List


Coming soon.


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