Sustainable Groundwater

Water in the West integrates research in law and policy, geophysics, engineering, and economics to identify and develop solutions to inform more effective groundwater management and policy. Throughout the West, groundwater pumping is occurring at unsustainable levels in many aquifers. This practice jeopardizes the primary water supply for many communities, and also makes groundwater unavailable during times of drought when it plays a critical role as a buffer against surface water shortages. Groundwater is also managed separately from surface water in many places, ignoring both the physical connections between aquifers and streams and the efficiencies that would be gained from managing groundwater and surface water in an integrated fashion.  

Water in the West is working closely with groundwater managers throughout California and other parts of the West to address these and other questions. Our recent and ongoing work involves developing new technologies for collecting information about groundwater, identifying ways to address disputes about groundwater allocation and, with passage of the new comprehensive groundwater legislation in California, identifying challenges to implemention of this new legislation.  

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<p>Water in the West integrates research in law and policy, geophysics, engineering, and economics to identify and develop solutions to inform more effective groundwater management and policy.&nbsp;Throughout the West, groundwater pumping is occurring at unsustainable levels in many aquifers. This practice jeopardizes the primary water supply for many communities, and also makes groundwater unavailable during times of drought when it plays a critical role as a buffer against surface water shortages.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Groundwater is also managed separately from surface water in many places, ignoring both the physical connections between aquifers and streams and the efficiencies that would be gained from managing groundwater and surface water in an integrated fashion. &nbsp;</span></p>

<p><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Water in the West is working closely with groundwater managers throughout California and other parts of the West to address these and other questions. Our recent and ongoing work involves&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">developing new technologies for collecting information about groundwater</span><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">, identifying ways to&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">address&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">disputes about groundwater allocation and, with passage of the new comprehensive groundwater legislation in California, identifying challenges to implemention of this new legislation. &nbsp;</span></p>