Getting California Groundwater Projects Funded

  Water agencies considering applying for federal WaterSMART grants for groundwater recharge and banking projects in the Fall of 2014 can be encouraged by the program’s recent awards supporting California groundwater projects. Funded projects included: The Fresno Irrigation District receiving $1 million toward development of a new 60 acre groundwater recharge basin as part of…

Self-Reliant Water Supply Offers Option for Development

  Creating  a self-reliant mutual water company to serve development could avoid annexation approvals by public water purveyors and the politics associated with those approvals. Developing large properties using a site’s own water resources may become an increasingly attractive option for developers. A number of factors — early melt of Sierra snowpack, persistent drought in…

Developing Salt and Nutrient Management Plans

  A key element of the Recycled Water Policy adopted by the California Water Resources Control Board is developing salt and nutrient management plans for every groundwater basin by 2014.  A two-year extension to 2016 is possible  if substantial progress is being made).  The plans are intended to protect groundwater from accumulating salt and nutrient…

Solving Contaminated Groundwater Puzzle

In 1986 underground storage tanks were discovered to be leaking at a gas station within the City of Seal Beach. Over the next 23 years, site cleanup was a low priority according to Regional Water Quality Control Board policies.  The site’s unsuccessful clean-up efforts included removing the tanks, drilling groundwater monitoring wells, and sporadic remediation…

Groundater Supply for Renewable Energy Sites

  Sustainable water supply is a crucial factor when seeking approval to build and operate renewable energy projects in remote California locations.  With municipal water infrastructure and surface water sources typically not available, groundwater is often the most practical water supply option for construction and long-term operations. However, groundwater is subject to increasingly complex assessment…

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