Aquifer Storage Recovery and Minimum Flows and Levels were the subjects of the AGWT’s thirteenth annual Aquifer Management Conference held as usual in Orlando. The important issue of managing groundwater to ensure lakes and rivers maintain minimum flows and levels was a focus for many of the presentations. Groundwater pumping from water storage in aquifers is a key element of MFL strategy. However, prioritizing groundwater use for maintaining MFL can restrict availability for economic water supply use. The Conference explored how ASR technology can provide a flexible water management tool that can play a key role in achieving the twin objectives of maintaining water utility, industrial and irrigation needs and MFL objectives. Because rivers and lakes often occur in shared jurisdictions, there is a challenge for water management districts and end-users to achieve a “level playing field” of mutually agreed MFL and water use thresholds.
A CD of the presentations (PDF format) offered at the Florida ASR Conference is available for a small fee that supports the education programs of the American Ground Water Trust. Send an email to the Trust for more information.