WEEKLY DIGEST for August 26 through 31

A list of posts published on Maven’s Notebook this week …

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This week’s featured articles …

Managed Aquifer Recharge in California

Timothy Parker and Graham Fogg discuss the benefits and the challenges of Managed Aquifer Recharge, and how MAR can be key to water security in a changing climate

Groundwater is an essential water source, providing 35% of the fresh water used in California, and significantly more in drought years.  However, when groundwater is used more rapidly than it is naturally replenished, actions must be taken to correct the imbalance, and one of the tools used by groundwater managers is managed aquifer recharge (or MAR).

Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) enhances the recharge rate by creating artificial streams and ponds where water trickles into the ground, or by using wells to directly inject water underground. MAR can also be used to improve groundwater quality and prevent some of the negative consequences of groundwater depletion, like ground sinking (subsidence) or the intrusion of salty groundwater from the oceans into coastal freshwater aquifers.

In an American Geosciences Institute webinar, Timothy Parker, principal hydrogeologist at Parker Groundwater, discusses managing groundwater storage and managed aquifer recharge in California.  Next, Graham Fogg, from UC Davis discusses recharge and reservoir management and keys to water security.

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In water news this week from around the web …

WEEKEND DAILY DIGEST: State’s offer of working group to oversee water flows ‘a joke’, MID official says; Gallagher joins petition to stop the state water grab; Valley voices heard by State Water Board; Western water honchos secretly huddle on tunnels, fish; ORAC votes to exit Lake Oroville settlement agreement at ‘contentious’ meeting; Martins Beach: California moves closer to taking public pathway from billionaire Vinod Khosla; Five recent events stoking climate change fears; Commentaries on the State Water Board’s flow objectives, the water tax; and more … READ IT HERE: Weekend Daily Digest

MONDAY: Statewide November vote could be key to Borrego Springs water woes; Small amounts of water enable juvenile salmon to survive; US government failing to provide recovery plan for some species; Klamath basin: Water for fish & wildlife, cash for irrigators; Progress on marsh project causes excitement; Central New Mexico Project? How a 50-year old rule could let New Mexico use Arizona’s water; and more … READ IT HERE: Monday’s Daily Digest

TUESDAY: In California water news today, Climate change will be deadlier, more destructive and costlier for California than previously believed, state warns; Legislative fights still hanging as legislators head toward final recess: Dirty water, Mojave Desert water project, hydroelectric plant bailout, and cannabis growers’ forest impacts; Butte County files suit against DWR over Oroville Dam; Managing wildfires to protect water resources; and more … READ IT HERE:  Tuesday’s Daily Digest

WEDNESDAY: Trump Administration, California headed for a showdown over Valley water; California committee OKs bill on desert water pumping plan; California and feds agree: No pot grows on public lands; Los Angeles wants to use the Hoover Dam as a giant battery. The hurdles could be more historical than technical; The hot new venue for summer weddings – your local sewage plant; Future impacts of El Niño, La Niña likely to intensify, increasing wildfire, drought risk; Pentagon warns against EPA science proposal; US official reiterates push to move land agency out west; Jobs, Research At Risk After Government Defunds Grand Canyon Programs; and more … READ IT HERE:  Wednesday’s Daily Digest

THURSDAY: Brown tries to jam Delta water hearing through the legislature; Groundwater loss prompts more California land sinking; Thinning California’s fire prone forests: Here’s five things to know as lawmakers move towards a plan; New bill proposes to fix water quality for less than pennies on the dollar; Zinke says Interior reorganization won’t relocate employees — yet; Budget change threatens future of the Colorado River; and more … READ IT HERE: Thursday’s Daily Digest

FRIDAY: Is your drinking water dangerous? In some parts of the state, it could be; Is help on the way for Californians whose tap water is tainted?; To thin or not to thin: That is the question; Central California sinking at an alarming rate; Climate change is going to cost California and the bill will be staggering; Deadline looms to pass bill on controversial water project; How does water scarcity affect mental health?; California Court Finds Public Trust Doctrine Applies to State Groundwater Resources; and more … READ IT HERE:  Friday’s Daily Digest

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