New Report: Groundwater Reserves Answer To Extreme Droughts

A new study funded by the California Energy Commission recommends creating and maintaining groundwater drought reserves to battle water supply issues during times of extreme drought. 

Prepared by the University of Santa Cruz, the “Climate Change and Water Supply Security:  Reconfiguring Groundwater Management to Reduce Drought Vulnerability” report says that an emphasis on groundwater recharge, storage, and the establishment of high-quality reduce the state’s drought vulnerability.
The study was undertaken in response to projections that periodic droughts will become more frequent and severe with climate change and present a significant planning challenge for California’s water agencies. The research focused on five water agencies – Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency, Santa Cruz Water Department, Soquel Creek Water District, Scotts Valley Water District and Sonoma County Water Agency—that rely on local and regional sources of water and examined those agencies’ approaches to reducing drought vulnerability.

The report is one of more than 30 papers conducted by 26 research teams from the UC system and other research groups statewide regarding climate change research. The studies will serve as a foundation for the state’s 2012 Climate Adaptation Strategy, which is set to be completed in December.