Publication ID: 9645
Title: Artificial Recharge, Groundwater Storage, and Recovery: An Overview
Abstract: Recharge is the addition of water to an aquifer. It can be a natural or it can be an artificial process. Natural recharge for example occurs when rain, snow melt, or surface runoff percolates through soil or rock and reaches the regional groundwater table. Artificial recharge, a term used in hydrogeology texts for 50 years, can occur intentionally or unintentionally through engineered systems. Unintentional artificial recharge includes, for example, deep percolation of excess irrigation water, or by seepage from sewers, septic tanks and cesspools, unlined evaporation pits, ponds and lagoons, as well as from lined but leaky impoundments and landfills, among others.
Citation: Stephens, D.B. 2009. Artificial Recharge, Groundwate Storage, and Recovery: An Overview. Invited presentation at the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy and Resources 27th Annual Water Law Conference: Change in the Midst of Constants: Adapting Water Law to Meet New Demands, February 18-20, 2009, Coronado, San Diego, California.
Groups: Water Infrastructure, Water Resources, Water Resources Planning, Hydrologic Analyses