Groundwater Replenishment Framework

  • Nov 22, 2019
  • Publications

The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) has prepared A Technical Framework for Increasing Groundwater Replenishment in response to a growing need to promote groundwater replenishment activities as a strategy to maintain or improve groundwater levels statewide. This framework summarizes the tools and resources and provides a narrative framework and checklist for water managers to consider as they pursue groundwater recharge projects and activities.

The document provides the following considerations for how to develop groundwater replenishment projects.

  • Financial – scoping the capital costs, operating costs, and water supply yield and cost
  • Technical – identifying the source water, infrastructure needs and constraints, method of recharge, and specific locations for direct recharge
  • Institutional – developing partnerships and agreements, and navigating water rights
  • Administrative – contracting, applying for permits, and securing funding
    The document includes additional resources that support the development of groundwater replenishment projects, as well as case studies of entities that are piloting their own replenishment projects.

For questions about the technical framework, contact Melissa Sparks-Kranz.

Suggested Resources

Comment on Sustainable Management Criteria Draft Best Management Practices

Submitted to the California Department of Water Resources on Jan. 8, 2018.

Comments on Proposition 1 Groundwater Grant Program Funding Guidelines

Submitted to the State Water Resources Control Board on Nov. 9, 2017.

Comments on PSP For Groundwater Sustainability Plans and Projects

Submitted to the California Department of Water Resources on June 19, 2017.