Aquifer Storage and Recovery in the Comprehensive Everglades by National Research Council, Division on Earth and Life

By National Research Council, Division on Earth and Life Studies, Water Science and Technology Board, Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, Committee on Restoration of the Greater Everglades Ecosystem

Aquifer garage and restoration (ASR) is a strategy in which water is recharged via wells to an aquifer and extracted for helpful use at a few later time from an identical wells. ASR is proposed as an incredible water garage part within the accomplished Everglades recovery Plan (CERP), built together through the U.S. military Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the South Florida Water administration District (SFWMD). The plan might use the higher Floridan aquifer (UFA) to shop up to 1.7 billion gallons according to day (gpd) (6.3 million m3/day) of extra floor water and shallow groundwater in the course of rainy classes for restoration in the course of seasonal or longer-term dry classes, utilizing approximately 333 wells. ASR represents approximately one-fifth of the complete anticipated fee of the CERP.

Aquifer garage and restoration within the complete Everglades recovery Plan examines pilot undertaking from the point of view of adaptive evaluation, i.e., the level to which the pilot initiatives will give a contribution to strategy knowing which could enhance layout and implementation of recovery venture parts. This file is a critique of the pilot initiatives and similar studies.

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Such analyses by themselves also cannot provide the mechanistic information needed to develop geochemical models to predict how water chemistry/water quality will change in a full-scale ASR program. Consequently, the Committee on Restoration of the Greater Everglades Ecosystem (CROGEE) concludes that the water quality measurements proposed for the ASR pilot program should be supplemented by laboratory and fieldscale investigations. Issues Discussed Workshop discussions related to water quality issues included the following topics.

At this time, it is envisioned that the USACE will take the lead on implementing the regional groundwater model, with assistance from the SFWMD and the other members of the PDT. USACE options to implement this task include conducting these services in-house, working with the USGS, or out-sourcing the work to architectural-engineering (A/E) firms (as mandated for 40% of their work by Congress). Yes, the model developers will have early input to the data collection activities to ensure that model data needs are met.

Will the pilot studies provide the necessary information to evaluate the suitability of recovered water for its intended receptors? Yes, a sampling and analysis program for water recovered from ASR systems will be developed and implemented to address these concerns. Note that the details of this plan necessarily require that we await the results of the source-water quality characterization program to ensure that parameters of concern are addressed. • If the pilot studies will not provide the information needed to assess suitability of recovered water for the intended receptors, what other studies are planned to fill the gaps?

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