Publication ID: 9571
Title: Managed Aquifer Recharge in the Southwest: Historical Developments in California, Arizona, and New Mexico
Abstract: This paper traces the development of the managed aquifer recharge practice (increasing by artificial means the amount of water that enters a groundwater system) in California, Arizona, and New Mexico. We look first at the “early” years--the 1890s into the 1920s, which saw the development of several spreading grounds to recharge flood waters in Southern California, and perhaps the first injection well attempt in the southwest. The 1930s saw expansion of these techniques in both scale and localities. Development continued in the 1940s and 1950s with new uses (saltwater intrusion barriers), new sources (reclaimed wastewater), and new states. We conclude by fast-forwarding to the present and highlight a few interesting projects.
Citation: Stephens, D.B., and M.J. Bitner. 2013. Managed Aquifer Recharge in the Southwest: Historical Developments in California, Arizona, and New Mexico. Presented at Managed Aquifer Recharge: How Texas Can Maximize its Water Resources by Adopting Aquifer Recharge Strategies, a joint conference for the American Ground Water Trust and the Texas Water Development Board, Austin, TX. July 24, 2013.
Groups: Water Resources, Water Resources Planning