July 22, 2019

Aquifer Storage and Recovery: Opportunities and Practical Considerations

Lucy K. Infeld, Sarah N. Munger, and Rachel K. Roberts

Increasing water demand combined with more extreme weather patterns associated with climate change are straining water resources. Times of plenty are increasingly being followed by times of scarcity. The federal government, states, and localities are seeking innovative solutions to maximize water storage, and aquifer storage and recovery (ASR), although not a new technology, has gained new prominence as a potential response to the expanding water crisis. See, e.g., CDM Fed. Prog. Corp., Methodology for Aquifer Storage and Recovery Benefit Cost Analysis: Prepared for the United States Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency 1-1 (2016); Colorado’s Water Plan 6-155 (2015); Austin Water, Water Forward Integrated Water Resource Plan: A Plan for the Next 100 Years, § 7.2.1 (2018). Notably, FEMA is encouraging communities to consider ASR as part of its Hazard Mitigation Assistance program to mitigate the increased risks of flood and drought that accompany climate change. Fed. Emerg. Mgmt. Agency, Aquifer Storage and Recovery (2017). It is currently estimated that there are 95 ASR projects in the United States, and that number is expected to grow in the coming years. Tex. Living Waters Proj., Aquifer Storage and Recovery (last visited June 14, 2019).

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