Policy and economics of managed aquifer recharge and water banking

Sharon B. Megdal, Peter Dillon

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Abstract

Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) and water banking are of increasing importance to water resources management. MAR can be used to buffer against drought and changing or variable climate, as well as provide water to meet demand growth, by making use of excess surface water supplies and recycled waters. Along with hydrologic and geologic considerations, economic and policy analyses are essential to a complete analysis of MAR and water banking opportunities. The papers included in this Special Issue fill a gap in the literature by revealing the range of economic and policy considerations relevant to the development and implementation of MAR programs. They illustrate novel techniques that can be used to select MAR locations and the importance and economic viability of MAR in semi-arid to arid environments. The studies explain how MAR can be utilized to meet municipal and agricultural water demands in water-scarce regions, as well as assist in the reuse of wastewater. Some papers demonstrate how stakeholder engagement, ranging from consideration of alternatives to monitoring, and multi-disciplinary analyses to support decision-making are of high value to development and implementation of MAR programs. The approaches discussed in this collection of papers, along with the complementary and necessary hydrologic and geologic analyses, provide important inputs to water resource managers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)592-598
Number of pages7
JournalWater (Switzerland)
Volume7
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

Keywords

  • Decision-making
  • Economics
  • Groundwater
  • Managed aquifer recharge
  • Multi-disciplinary analyses
  • Water banking
  • Water policy
  • Water resources management
  • Water scarcity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Aquatic Science
  • Water Science and Technology

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