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Managed Aquifer Recharge Symposium

"Increasing Opportunities for Groundwater Storage"




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Date: January 25-26, 2011                                                                   Click on image to download program 


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:

jeffRecharging 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 sponsor exhibits, plus a keynote presentation by water policy expert Richard Atwater, Executive Director of the Southern California Water Committee.  Case studies included recharge projects in California, Arizona, Oregon, New Mexico, and other locations.


Over 170 people attended the symposium, representing personnel from water and wastewater utilities, consulting agencies, government agencies, manufacturing firms, universities, and others.


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Keynote Presentation


History of Groundwater Conjunctive Use in Southern California (725 KB)

Richard W. Atwater, Southern California Water Committee


bowerSession 1: Utility Planning for Recharge


Keeping the Water Going: Challenges to Recharge in the Montebello Forebay (1.73 MB)

Monica Gasca, County Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County


Aquifer Storage and Recovery: Implementation of a Drought Management Plan (1.35 MB)

Roberto Macias, San Antonio Water System


Indirect Reuse with Multiple Benefits: The El Monte Valley Mining, Reclamation, and Groundwater Recharge Project (1.76 MB)

Tim Smith, Helix Water District


Session 2: Recharge Basin Performance and Operations


Managed Aquifer Recharge in the Middle Rio Grande Basin, New Mexico (4.23 MB)

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


Stabilizing and Restoring an Aquifer and Springs - Managed Aquifer Recharge in the Walla Walla Basin (2.06 MB)

Robert Bower, Golder Associates (New Zealand)


Trapped Gas Clogging during Spreading Basin Recharge (2.62 MB)

Victor Heilweil, U.S. Geological Survey

Session 3: Utility Experience in Basin Optimization


Planning and Operations Experience with the Chino Basin Groundwater Recharge Program (1.50 MB)

Andy Campbell, Inland Empire Utilities Agency


Recharge Performance Enhancement through Sediment Removal: Orange County Water District Sediment Removal Feasibility Study (839 KB)

Craig Miller, Orange County Water District


Assessing Recharge Characteristics of Recharge Ponds Using Time Domain Electromagnetics (2.47 MB)

Martin Miele, United Water Conservation District



Session 4: Facility Planning and Engineering


Semitropic-Rosamond Water Bank Authority - Antelope Valley Water Bank (1.19 MB)

Marc Rozman, GEI Consultants, Bookman-Edmonston Division

Lorena Ospina, GEI Consultants, Bookman-Edmonston Division


Recharge Potential for the Stressed Regional Aquifers by Local Floods in the Paso Del Norte Region (1.33 MB)

Zhuping Sheng, Texas A&M University


Optimization of Supplemental Water Recharge Location and Magnitude to Balance Recharge and Discharge in the Chino Basin (6.82 MB)

Mark Wildermuth, Wildermuth Environmental Inc.


Managed Aquifer Recharge to Fractured Sandstone (3.46 MB)

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 (1.89 MB)

Ted Johnson, Water Replenishment District of Southern California


Energy-Efficient Aquifer Storage, Recovery, and Replenishment: South Ord Recycled Water Project Overview (1.31 MB)

Leslie Dumas, RMC Water and Environment


Innovative Use of Existing Facilities for Managed Recharge in the Upper Snake River Basin, Idaho (3.86 MB)

David Tuthill, Idaho Water Engineering LLC


Session 5b: Measurement and Monitoring


High Resolution Geophysical Surveys to Find Optimal Recharge Basin Sites (2.27 MB)

John Jansen, Cardno ENTRIX


Measuring the Distribution of Percolation Rate in an Artificial Recharge Basin Using Fiber Optic Distributed Temperature Sensing (1.35 MB)

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, Antelope Valley, California (1.14 MB)

David O'Leary, U.S. Geological Survey


Session 6a: Innovative Recharge


Riverbed Filtration System Pilot Project (1.99 MB)

Adam Hutchinson, Orange County Water District


A Role for Dispersed Groundwater Recharge Systems to Balance the Effects of Hydromodification (5.47 MB)

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


In-Situ Arsenic Removal during Groundwater Recharge through Unsaturated Alluvium (1.11 MB)

John Izbicki, U.S. Geological Survey


mod 3Session 6b: Modeling of Recharge Basin Performance


Recharge in the Ames Valley Basin: Making It Happen (2.91 MB)

Phyllis Stanin, Todd Engineers


Development of a Computer Model to Optimize Recharge Performance: Orange County Water District Recharge Facilities Model (1.41 MB)

Greg Woodside, Orange County Water District


Optimizing Recharge in the Pauba Valley (2.54 MB)

Daniel Craig, Todd Engineers


Session 7: Operational Experience in Arizona Systems


Central Arizona's Project's Siting, Design, and Construction of a New Groundwater Recharge Project: Superstition Mountains Recharge Project (2.89 MB)

Timothy Gorey, Central Arizona Project


Making the Most of Underground Water Storage Facilities: Three Case Studies in Arizona (3.22 MB)

Robert Buss, Carollo Engineers

Managed Aquifer Recharge for the Arizona Desert: The Development of Large Surface Water-Spreading Facilities (2.58 MB)

Mario Lluria, Hydrosystems, Inc.


Session 8: Basin Recharge Research


Infiltration Gallery Testing for Integration into Dual Purpose Irrigation Systems: Managed Aquifer Recharge in Walla Walla Basin (2.38 MB)

Robert Bower, Golder Associates (New Zealand)


Investigation of Groundwater Flow Variations Near Spreading Ponds with Repeat Deliberate Tracer Experiments (846 KB)

Jordan Clark, University of California, Santa Barbara


A Combined Riverbed Filtration and Aquifer Storage and Recovery System to Address Temporal Water Scarcity (874 KB)

Laxman Sharma, University of Hawaii at Manoa



Planning Committee