ASR-MAR July Webinar

Tools for Planning, Development, and Improvement of Aquifer Storage and Recovery Projects: Siting and Recovery Efficiency Assessments


The GWPC is pleased to present a FREE monthly educational series focusing on the latest issues related to groundwater protection and UIC across the country.

July's webinar will focus on Tools for Planning, Development, and Improvement of Aquifer Storage and Recovery Projects: Siting and Recovery Efficiency Assessments.

Please register in advance. Certificates of attendance will be available to those who attend.

July 27, 2021 | 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Central)

Moderator: Chi Ho Sham, Eastern Research Group | ASR-MAR Workgroup Co-Chair

"Supporting ASR projects in Texas: Texas Water Development Board Science, Planning, and Funding"

The mission of the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) is to lead the state's efforts in ensuring a secure water future for Texas and its citizens. TWDB provides water planning, data collection and dissemination, financial assistance, and technical assistance services. This presentation will look at how the agency is using science, planning, and funding to promote and support the development of aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) projects in Texas. These efforts include a new statewide ASR suitability survey, coordinating and providing data for a regularly updated state water plan, and offering a variety of cost-effective funding programs that provide for the planning, acquisition, design, and construction of water related infrastructure.

Presented By the Texas Water Development Board

  • Andrea Croskrey, PG  |  ASR Discipline Lead, Water Science and Conservation
  • Sarah Backhouse  |  Manager, Regional Water Planning
  • Lee Huntoon  |  Statewide Outreach Team Lead, Water Supply & Infrastructure

Determining Aquifer Storage and Recovery Project Recoverability: A Texas Regulatory Perspective"

Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) project operators will need to know the amount of injected water that can be effectively recovered, as a portion of the total volume of water that the operator stores (injects) in an ASR subsurface geologic storage zone. The amount of water that can be recovered is key to evaluating the usefulness of ASR as a water management tool and it is an important regulatory consideration in Texas.  This presentation discusses the statutory and rule-based requirements for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to make a determination of an ASR project’s stored water recoverability as a condition of the ASR authorization. Factors important in determining stored water recoverability are discussed, and an introduction to a new ASR recoverability analytical tool developed by the TCEQ in collaboration with the University of Texas at Austin is given. To illustrate the factors important in stored water recoverability, the presentation provides a brief live demonstration using the ASR recoverability tool housed on the TCEQ internet web site.

Presented By the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

  • Lorrie Council, PG  |  Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program Liaison
  • Dan Hannah, PG  |  Geoscientist & Project Manager

Texas Water Development Board

  • Andrea Croskrey, PG  |  ASR Discipline Lead, Water Science and Conservation

    Andrea Croskrey was the contract manager for the Statewide ASR-AR Suitability Survey. She is a licensed professional geologist in the Innovative Water Technologies Department at the TWDB. She has been mapping brackish aquifers since 2013 and was promoted to ASR discipline lead in 2019 to establish the program and implement legislative directives.

  • Sarah Backhouse  |  Manager, Regional Water Planning

    Sarah Backhouse is the Manager of the Regional Water Planning Program at the TWDB. Sarah oversees the of the state’s regional water planning program including providing technical and administrative assistance to regional water planning groups, administering regional water planning grant contracts, and coordinating a variety of stakeholder activities. She has been with the TWDB since 2008.

  • Lee Huntoon  |  Statewide Outreach Team Lead, Water Supply & Infrastructure

    Lee Huntoon has been with TWDB since 2014, including 5 years as a Team Manager for the Panhandle/West Texas region. In her current role as the Outreach Team Lead, Lee works with entities across the state to provide both information and technical assistance on the TWDB’s various funding programs.

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

  • Lorrie Council, PG  |  Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program Liaison

    Ms. Council serves as the Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program Liaison for the TCEQ. In this capacity, she communicates and interfaces with the EPA, Railroad Commission of Texas, Texas Water Development Board, local governments, and others on UIC related matters. Ms. Council reviews applications and conducts permitting and authorization of Class I, III, and V injection wells in the state of Texas, and is involved in programmatic reporting, rulemaking, and revisions of the agency’s federally delegated UIC program. Ms. Council serves as a Co-Chair of the Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC) ASR-MAR Workgroup, focused on ASR and aquifer recharge projects from a national perspective. She is also a Board Member of GWPC’s Ground Water Research and Education Foundation.

    Ms. Council has 39 years of work experience in the fields of environmental management, groundwater quality investigation/remediation, waste disposal, and coastal geology. She has been employed at TCEQ since mid-2010 in the Radioactive Materials Division and served as the UIC Permits Section Manager from 2012 through 2020, prior to her current role as UIC Program Liaison. Her UIC activities have included work on aquifer storage and recovery projects, aquifer exemptions, Class I deep disposal well permitting, Class III in-situ uranium mine permitting, and shallow injection wells such as groundwater remediation wells, storm water drainage wells, and recharge wells.

    Prior to joining TCEQ, Ms. Council was employed by the Texas General Land Office from 2001 to mid-2010 and managed the state’s Coastal Erosion Response Program, conducting erosion studies and managing erosion response construction projects. Ms. Council worked as an environmental consultant the first 20 years of her career, conducting projects such as remediation of soil and groundwater contamination, environmental property assessments, superfund investigations, RCRA permitting, and NEPA studies. Lorrie earned a B.S. in Geology from the University of Oklahoma and she is a registered Professional Geoscientist in Texas and Arizona.

  • Dan Hannah, PG  |  Geoscientist & Project Manager

    Mr. Hannah serves as a geoscientist and project manager with TCEQ’s Underground Injection Control (UIC) program. In this capacity, he communicates and interfaces with the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC), Texas Water Development Board, local governments, and others on UIC related matters. Mr. Hannah reviews applications and conducts permitting and authorization of Class I and V injection wells in the State of Texas and is involved in rulemaking and implementation.

    Mr. Hannah has 26 years of work experience in the fields of hydrocarbon well logging and wellsite geologic analysis, drilling fluids management, groundwater quality investigation and remediation, waste disposal, and environmental due diligence. He has been employed at TCEQ since mid-2015 in the Radioactive Materials Division. His UIC activities have included work on aquifer storage and recovery projects, Class I deep disposal well permitting, and Class V shallow injection well permitting, such as groundwater remediation wells, storm water drainage wells, and recharge wells.

    Prior to joining TCEQ, Mr. Hannah was employed by Newpark Drilling Fluids as a technical services representative. Mr. Hannah worked in the oil & gas service industry for the first 8 years of his career, specializing in wellsite geologic analysis and drilling fluids management, and then worked in the environmental consulting industry for the next 13 years, conducting soil and groundwater remediation projects, environmental property assessments, and superfund investigations. Dan earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Geology from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, and he is a registered Professional Geoscientist in Texas.

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