Van Tuyl Joint Heiland Lecture: Andrew Fisher, University of California at Santa Cruz
August 28 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Andrew Fisher, University of California at Santa Cruz
Marquez Hall 126, 4-5PM
Mapping, Modeling, Measuring and Monetizing Enhanced Groundwater Recharge with Stormwater
Abstract: Stormwater is an under-appreciated resource, and will be increasingly important as demand for freshwater increases, land use and vegetation shifts, and precipitation becomes more intense in coming years. California’s recent drought has exacerbated water management challenges, but also provides once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, especially through development and implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. Fisher, students, and colleagues are collaborating with land owners, agencies, and regional stakeholders to implement a vertically integrated research program. Goals are to: identify locations where stormwater could contribute to enhanced groundwater recharge, conduct site investigations to assess local conditions, create implementation projects and quantify their performance, improve water quality, and develop incentives that can encourage broad participation and engagement.