Category Archives: Water Supply Planning

How Dudek is Helping Improve Water Equity in Tribal and Underrepresented Communities through Outreach and Engagement

California has more federally recognized tribes than any other state—109 to be exact. Within the State of California, Tribes, Tribal Communities, and Underrepresented Communities face multiple challenges regarding water equity and access to clean, affordable, and sustainable groundwater and water resources, such as groundwater overdraft and groundwater basin contamination. The Public Policy Institute of California

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Award-Winning Bio-Filtration Wetlands Improve Water Quality for City of Aliso Viejo

The City of Aliso Viejo’s (City’s) Dairy Fork wetland and habitat restoration project uses bio-filtration wetlands to naturally treat urban runoff from about 1,500 acres of mixed residential and commercial areas within South Orange County. Bio-Filtration Wetlands Best Practices Bio-filtration wetlands are the accepted best management practice for treating stormwater and urban runoff before it

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Groundwater Sustainability Plans Require 7 Areas of Expertise

California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) requires all groundwater basins designated as medium or high priority to develop a Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) to achieve sustainable management by 2040-2042. Basin priorities are assigned by the California Department of Water Resources based on multiple factors, including population, land use, and basin conditions. Low or very low

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GSPs Require Stakeholder Outreach

Developing groundwater sustainability plans (GSPs) requires solid technical analysis and a skillful stakeholder outreach and consensus program to successfully comply with California’s newly adopted Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). Water purveyors, farmers, landowners, and resource agencies must determine the right amount of groundwater production for agricultural output on thousands of acres while maintaining municipal supply

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Innovative Wetlands Water Treatment Project will Improve OC Water Quality

The City of Aliso Viejo (City) has started construction on its third wetlands project to naturally treat water runoff and improve water quality and restore natural habitat near a local creek. The Dairy Fork wetlands water treatment project will restore natural habitat near Aliso Creek and reduce pollutants by up to 99% in water runoff

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How to Get Funding for California Groundwater Projects

Water agencies seeking funding for California groundwater projects, including recharge and banking projects can be encouraged by the history of the SMARTWater program’s past awards supporting California groundwater projects. Funded projects included: The Fresno Irrigation District receiving $1 million toward development of a new 60 acre groundwater recharge basin as part of the District’s Southwest

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Carlsbad Desalination Plant Progresses

Construction of the Western Hemisphere’s largest seawater desal facility is expected to start in early 2013 after the San Diego County Water Authority approved the purchase of water produced by the plant. The purchase agreement cleared the way for the sale of bonds to finance the fully permitted project. The plant will produce enough water

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Self-Reliant Water Supply Offers Option for Development

Creating a self-reliant mutual water company to serve development could avoid annexation approvals by public water purveyors and the politics associated with those approvals. Developing large properties using a site’s own water resources may become an increasingly attractive option for developers. A number of factors — early melt of Sierra snowpack, persistent drought in the

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Developing Salt and Nutrient Management Plans

A key element of the Recycled Water Policy adopted by the California Water Resources Control Board is developing salt and nutrient management plans for every groundwater basin by 2014. A two-year extension to 2016 is possible if substantial progress is being made). The plans are intended to protect groundwater from accumulating salt and nutrient concentrations

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