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Multi-Benefit Groundwater Recharge Case Studies

Groundwater recharge will be an important tool for GSAs to use for achieving long-term groundwater sustainability. Recharging aquifers is important for multiple purposes including agricultural productivity, domestic water use, and providing water for GDEs. These case studies show how managed aquifer recharge projects can also provide benefits to nature, including providing water for wintering shorebirds, fisheries, and other GDEs such as riparian habitats. These examples show how to facilitate multiple streams of funding to implement these multi-benefit recharge projects.

Colusa County | Managed Aquifer Recharge: benefitting aquifers, farmers, and migratory birds

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Migratory shorebirds Central Valley, CA
© Greg Golet

Glenn County | Hamilton City Flood Damage Reduction and Ecosystem Restoration Project

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Hamilton City Levee Setback and Riparian Wildlife Habitat Restoration
© Judah Grossman

Sacramento County | Making Room for Recharge: Cosumnes River Levee Removal and Floodplain Restoration

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Cosumnes River, Floodplain recharge
© Judah Grossman

Humboldt County | Near-Stream Recharge: Reconnecting Surface and Groundwater

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Mattole River Groundwater Recharge Pond
© Grant Johnson

San Pedro River, Arizona | Partnering to Restore River Flows through Near-Stream Recharge, Flood Risk Reduction and Voluntary Retirement

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San Pedro River, AZ
© Harold Malde

Ventura County | Removing Arundo donax to Improve Groundwater Supply and Enhance Habitat

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Arundo donax, Santa Clara River
© Laura Riege

Ventura County | Treated Wastewater as a Multi-Benefit Groundwater Sustainability Project

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Agricultural Field, Ventura County
© Melinda Kelley