14th Biennial Symposium on Managed Aquifer Recharge : Call for Abstracts

  • by BPC Staff
  • on March 28, 2014

Call for Abstracts: Deadline Extended

Groundwater Resources Association of California and the Arizona Hydrological Society Present:
14th Biennial Symposium on Managed Aquifer Recharge

July 31 to August 1, 2014
July 30, Optional Workshop: Tracers in MAR
July 30, Optional Field Trips

Herman Bouwer Award
July 31, 2014

Doubletree Hotel, 100 City Drive, Orange, CA

Cooperating Organizations:
Orange County Water District | University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center
International Association of Hydrogeologists | National Ground Water Association
California Association of Groundwater Agencies | Water Replenishment District of Southern California
United States Geological Survey | Lawrence Livermore National Lab | National Water Research Institute
Salt River Project (Phoenix, AZ) | California State University East Bay | California Water Boards
Orange County Water District Groundwater Guardian Team | City of Phoenix
The Recharge Initiative (University of California Santa Cruz) | California State University Long Beach
Southern California Water Committee

Abstract Submission Form — http://www.grac.org/BSMAR14-abstracts

From 1978 to 2007, thirteen symposia on Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) were held in Arizona at approximate 2 year intervals. These symposia were important venues for policy-makers, practitioners, researchers, and educators to learn about the policies, regulations, and technical challenges affecting MAR. The information shared at these symposia moved the understanding and utilization of MAR rapidly forward. Today, MAR is understood as being a key part of a sustainable water resources management strategy. Even so, there is still much work that needs to be done to better understand how MAR can used to more efficiently utilize our increasingly scarce water supplies.

The Groundwater Resources Association of California and the Arizona Hydrological Society are proud to team up to re-start this symposia series with the location of the event alternating between California and Arizona. The 2014 event was designed with families in mind as the hotel is only two miles from Disneyland. The hotel offers discounted Disneyland tickets has a dedicated shuttle that runs to and from Disneyland every hour. More information will be forthcoming about the venue and the many nearby attractions.

The 1.5 day symposium will feature numerous oral presentations, poster presentations, an awards luncheon as well an optional workshop and field trips the day prior to the symposium. Abstracts are being sought for oral and poster presentations on the topics listed below.

MAR Testing, Design and Construction
• Advanced methods for selection of aquifers, sites and methods
• Designing for storm water capture
• Predicting sediment loading/clogging
• Alternative recharge systems
• Innovation in harvesting and storing flood waters
• Overcoming the hydrogeology/engineering disconnect

MAR Operations and Maintenance
• Monitoring and modeling
• Tracer testing
• Clogging management
• Fate of pathogens and pollutants
• Geochemistry and hydrogeology
• Groundwater hydraulics and storage recovery
• Training for MAR operators
• Long-term maintenance requirements

MAR Governance
• Integrated water resources management
• Recharge policies, standards and regulations
• Community engagement and awareness in MAR

• MAR to complement groundwater demand management
• Legal issues related to storm water capture by MAR systems

MAR and Water Resources Management
• Reclaimed water reuse via MAR
• Storm water harvesting via MAR (MS4 permitting, etc.)
• MAR for drinking water quality improvement
• MAR with desalinated water
• Mining and industrial applications of MAR
• MAR to source heat pumps and geothermal injection
• Mitigating geological problems using MAR – land subsidence, seawater intrusion, etc.
• MAR for rural and irrigation water supplies
• Quantification of benefits and costs of MAR
• MAR in conjunctive use of surface water and groundwater

Other Issues related to MAR
• MAR and climate change
• MAR in urban areas
• Financing MAR for water and food security
• Greenhouse gas considerations in MAR operations



Abstracts deadline extended to April 18, 2014.

Guidelines for submitting an abstract can be found at: http://www.grac.org/abstractguidelines.asp.
To submit an abstract go to http://www.grac.org/BSMAR14-abstracts

Optional Workshop and Field Trips: July 30
Jean Moran of California State University East Bay and collaborators from Lawrence Livermore National Labs will be hosting a workshop on using extrinsic and intrinsic tracers in MAR. Two field trips will also be offered with a morning trip to the Orange County Water District’s (OCWD) Groundwater Replenishment System (www.gwrsystem.com) and seawater intrusion barrier and an afternoon trip to OCWD’s surface recharge system. More information about the workshop and field trips will be forthcoming.

Herman Bouwer Award: July 31
In honor of Dr. Herman Bouwer’s contributions to the field of MAR, an award named for Dr. Bouwer will be presented during a special luncheon on July 31. The award will be given to an individual or agency that has had a significant impact on increasing the understanding or utilization of MAR. More information about this award, nomination criteria, etc. will be forthcoming. The conference registration will include this award luncheon.

Sponsor and Exhibitor Opportunities
If you are interested in exhibiting your organization’s services or products, or being an event sponsor, please contact Sarah Kline (skline@grac.org, 916-446-3626).

For additional information: contact Adam Hutchinson (ahutchinson@ocwd.com; 714-378-3214) or Chris Petersen (cpetersen@westyost.com; 530-792-3239).

GRA is dedicated to resource management that protects and improves groundwater
supply and quality through education and technical leadership.

1215 K Street, Ste 940 * Sacramento, CA 95814 * Ph: 916-446-3626 * Fx: 916-231-2141 * www.grac.org