Current Work & Goals
Water reuse represents a major opportunity to supplement existing water supplies. Many potential water sources such as industrial process water, agricultural return flows, municipal wastewater, oil and gas produced water, and stormwater can be captured and used for enhanced aquifer recharge.
Established in September 2019, the Aquifer Storage and Recovery – Managed Aquifer Recharge (ASR-MAR) Workgroup was formed to examine, discuss, and make recommendations to the GWPC Board of Directors regarding Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) and Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) issues or topics.
The Workgroup serves as a forum for Federal, State, Tribal, and local government, organizations and public interest, and professional organizations to exchange information, views, and ideas, and to communicate and collaborate on efforts concerning ASR and MAR issues or topics. Its efforts are not limited in scope to just UIC issues. The issues that may be examined are broad and may include enhanced or managed aquifer recharge practices that are not regulated by the SDWA UIC program.
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- John Mitsdarfer, Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality
- Jason Meadows, UIC Program, US EPA, Region 4
- Chi Ho Sham, AWWA Immediate Past President
Federal Government Agencies
- Doug Beak, Ph.D., U.S. EPA, Robert S. Kerr Environmental Research Center
- Andrew O’Reilly, Ph.D., USDA — Agricultural Research Service
Tribal, State, Territory and/or Local Government Agencies
- Andrea Croskrey, Texas Water Development Board
- Robert T. Verrastro, PG, South Florida Water Management District
Interested Organizations and/or Water Professionals
- Tim Parker, Parker Groundwater
- Frederick Bloetscher, Ph.D., Florida Atlantic University
- Jeffrey Davis, PE, CGWP, Integral
- Neil Burk, PG, LREWater.com
The GWPC ASR-MAR Workgroup has been identified in the U.S. EPA National Water Reuse Action Plan (Action 7.4) as a leader to increase understanding of current aquifer storage and recovery practices. The action item recognizes that there are differences in how aquifer recharge is described, implemented and managed. The action seeks to better understand the range of aquifer storage and recovery practices and corresponding efforts to ensure the protection and sustainability of groundwater resources. The GWPC Workgroup will facilitate meetings to study and find solutions to the challenges currently limiting the use of Enhanced Aquifer Recharge (EAR) and ASR-MAR.
A project of the GWPC ASR-MAR Work Group, the ASR-MAR Library is an easily searchable collection of materials related to ASR-MAR. As the collection grows, it is our hope that this resource will be useful to regulators, water managers, and practitioners. The library will aim to facilitate increased understanding of current ASR issues and practices.
Featuring: Dan Holloway, Project Manager and Hydrogeologist, Hampton Roads Sanitation District
- “MANAGED AQUIFER RECHARGE UTILIZING RIVERBANK FILTRATION AND GROUNDWATER TRANSFER AND INJECTION: A POTENTIAL TECHNOLOGY FOR SUSTAINABLE GROUNDWATER-IRRIGATED AGROECOSYSTEMS”
Andrew M. O’Reilly (Andy) | Research Hydrologist, National Sedimentation Laboratory, USDA, Agricultural Research Service
- DETERMINING AQUIFER STORAGE & RECOVERY PROJECT RECOVERABILITY: A TEXAS REGULATORY PERSPECTIVE
- SUPPORTING ASR PROJECTS IN TEXAS: TEXAS WATER DEVELOPMENT BOARD SCIENCE, PLANNING, AND FUNDING
ASR-MAR Webinar: What’s New with EPA? Reuse, UIC, Stormwater
Managed Aquifer Recharge in California – Long-Term Projects and New Emphasis Under the New Groundwater Law
Featuring: Timothy Parker, Parker Groundwater
Thursday, November 12, 2020
Aquifer Storage & Recovery and Aquifer Recharge Wells in Florida
Featuring: Joe Haberfeld, P.G., Florida DEP
Thursday, August 6, 2020
Connect With Us
Interested in finding out more and/or becoming involved with the ASR-MAR work group? Reach out and a member of our staff or leadership team will be in touch.