Aquifer Recharge, Storage & Recovery:
Boon or BoonDoggle?
An Educational Forum to Inform the Public about Artificial Recharge Technologies, Programs, Plans, Costs and Associated Issues
in the Albuquerque, New Mexico Area
Date: Saturday, April 9, 2011
Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Place: University of New Mexico
School of Law, Room 2402
Aquifer Storage is one of 43 recommendations in the Regional Water Plan for closing the gap between water supply and water demand in the Middle Rio Grande basin.
What is meant by aquifer recharge and storage?
Some recharge occurs naturally as the Rio Grande winds its way through our region. Some occurs via agricultural irrigation and its associated ditches and drains. Artificial recharge involves moving water from the surface into the aquifer, either by seepage from a man-made pond or pumping down a well. Aquifer storage is water stored underground for future use.
The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority (ABCWUA) proposes to clean river water and store it for later use in the aquifer. Rio Rancho has plans to treat waste water and store it in the aquifer. Proposals abound for projects at a much smaller scale, and Arizona is already storing surface water in the ground for current and future needs.
Such artificial storage projects raise interesting questions:
• How much energy is required to clean and store water?
• What types of contamination are possible?
• What are the costs?
• Are these projects safe and useful enough to be worthwhile?
The Water Assembly is sponsoring a free forum for the general public to explore these projects together with some of the issues they raise. Please join us to learn more! April 9, 2011 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the University of New Mexico's Law School, Room 2402
Affiliations of speakers are listed for informational purposes only. The Speakers are serving as volunteer individuals, not as representatives of their respective organizations.
8:30 Conversation and Continental Breakfast
link to pre-conference slides (0.5 MB)
Kevin Bean, Water Assembly President
link to conference content slides (0.7 MB)
9:50 Specific Proposals
11:00 Lessons from Elsewhere - Central Arizona Project
Dee Fuerst, Senior Policy Analyst,
Central Arizona Water Conservation District
link to slides (3.3 MB) link to audio (31.3 MB)
John D'Antonio Comment link to audio (2.7 MB)
Further information on Arizona's program:
Central Arizona Groundwater Replenishment District
11:30 Associated Issues
Permitting of Aquifer Storage and Recovery Projects
New Mexico Aquifer Storage and Recovery (Permitting)
Robert George, Domestic waste team leader
George Schuman, GWQB permitting manager
New Mexico Environment Department
Ground Water Quality Bureau
link to slides (0.5 MB) link to audio (12.9 MB)
ASR & Energy
Michael Hightower, Energy specialist, Sandia National Labs
12:55 Invitation to the Fifteenth Annual Water Assembly
Elizabeth Richards, Water Assembly Volunteer
1:00 Adjourn to Continue Conversations
Further Info: Elaine Hebard (505) 247-8767 <EHebard@yahoo.com>