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Optimizing Groundwater Recharge

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Funding Year: 2018

Research Areas: Freshwater

Regions: North America

Increasing groundwater recharge is critical to our water future. Spreading basins (ponds with high percolation rates) can help, but many cities don't consider how innovative urban water sources, such as recycled water and spreading basins can augment recharge.


Stanford researchers have developed a computational tool called AquaCharge that facilitates planning augmented spreading basin systems by optimizing technical designs. This project will apply AquaCharge to case studies of Californias Santa Clara Valley and the Central Valley city of Fresno, comparing insights to draw general lessons about planning these systems.

Learn more about the Realizing Environmental Innovation Program and other funded projects.

Principal Investigators:

Richard Luthy, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Amin Saberi, Professor of Management Science and Engineering

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