Overcoming Institutional Barriers to Ground Water Banking: The Kern Water Bank

by Steven Macaulay, California Dep of Water Resources, United States,
Donald Finlayson, California Dep of Water Resources, United States,
Thomas Clark, California Dep of Water Resources, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Artificial Recharge of Ground Water


The newest facility planned for addition to the California State Water Project (SWP) is the Kern Water Bank, a proposed offstream ground water storage and extraction program in Kern County. The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) is working with its water contractor, the Kern County Water Agency (KCWA), on overall planning for the Kern Water Bank. In addition, DWR is coordinating planning efforts with the 30 statewide SWP water supply contractors. With this many parties involved in some phase of the planning program, potential institutional problems and conflicts associated with implementing this unique water supply project abound, and coordination is essential.

Subject Headings: Water treatment | Groundwater | Water resources | Water supply | Contractors and subcontractors | Groundwater management | Water storage | Storage facilities | California | United States

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