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On-Farm Groundwater Recharge

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Partners: Almond Board of California
Bachand & Associates
California Department of Food and Agriculture
California Department of Water Resources
California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply
California Water Action Collaborative
Earth Genome
Efird Ag Enterprises
General Mills
Kings River Conservation District
Laguna Irrigation District
LandIQ
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Ludhorff and Scalmanini, Consulting Engineers
Madera Irrigation District
Nick Blom Ranch
Prado Farms LLC
Public Policy Institute of California
RMC Water and Environment
Sequoia Riverlands Trust
Stanford Center for Groundwater Evaluation and Management
Sustainable Conservation
Terranova Ranch
Tetra Tech Research and Development
Tulare Irrigation District
University of California, Davis
Water Foundation
Countries: United States of America
Regions: California, Sacramento River - San Joaquin River
Project SDGs:
Includes Sustainable Development Goals from the project and its locations.
Water Use Efficiency (SDG 6.4)
Sustainable Agriculture (SDG 2.4)
Protect and Restore Ecosystems (SDG 6.6)
Integrated Water Resource Management (SDG 6.5)
Climate Resilience and Adaptation (SDG 13.1)
Project Tags:
Includes tags from the project and its locations.
Drought Management
Sustainable Withdrawals
Groundwater
Irrigation Management and Technology
Services Needed: No services needed/offered
Desired Partners: Business
Business Association
Government
NGO / Civil Society
Project Type: Collective Action
Language: English
Start & End Dates: Jan. 2015  »  Ongoing
Project Website: suscon.org/project/groundwater-recharge
Project Source: Admin
Profile Completion: 75%

Project Overview

Groundwater is a key resource under stress in California – communities rely on underground aquifers for drinking water, and farmers use groundwater as an essential water source, especially during times of drought. Many species and their habitats rely on the connection of groundwater to surface water to thrive. California’s recent drought has overdrawn these subterranean savings accounts, but we’re partnering with farmers, environmental advocates and the agricultural ind...

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Groundwater is a key resource under stress in California – communities rely on underground aquifers for drinking water, and farmers use groundwater as an essential water source, especially during times of drought. Many species and their habitats rely on the connection of groundwater to surface water to thrive. California’s recent drought has overdrawn these subterranean savings accounts, but we’re partnering with farmers, environmental advocates and the agricultural industry to pilot and scale a promising solution: groundwater recharge. Recharging groundwater with available surface water in wet years can add up to big water savings that mean a more sustainable water future for farmers, communities and the environment.

Project Results

Based on learnings and guidance developed through our field experience, we partnered with Earth Genome to create the Groundwater Recharge Assessment Tool (GRAT) – an online decision support tool that enables irrigation districts and Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) to evaluate different options for addressing their groundwater overdraft by easily creating and assessing different groundwater recharge scenarios. We are also building on our field experience to ...

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Based on learnings and guidance developed through our field experience, we partnered with Earth Genome to create the Groundwater Recharge Assessment Tool (GRAT) – an online decision support tool that enables irrigation districts and Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) to evaluate different options for addressing their groundwater overdraft by easily creating and assessing different groundwater recharge scenarios. We are also building on our field experience to help drive improved science, research and incentives at the statewide scale by collaborating with DWRâ€TMs Flood-MAR (Managed Aquifer Recharge) program.

In addition we were asked to co-coordinate a Flood-MAR Research Advisory Committee that is identifying the research, data and tool needs to advance the widespread adoption of flood capture on agricultural lands and working landscapes, including but not limited to refuges, floodplains, and flood bypasses.

Finally, we are active in engaging state agencies to address issues of water rights permitting, clarification of beneficial use, and funding incentives to encourage more recharge.

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