Groundwater management key to solving water problems

08/05/2014 2:08 PM

08/07/2014 11:23 AM

Re "Groundwater can't be regulated without increasing surface supplies" (Viewpoints, Aug. 1): It's clear that groundwater is a key factor in developing a sustainable solution to meet water needs for people, farms, wildlife and fish. However, the assertion that new storage is the answer to groundwater overdraft is something like turning up the spigot to fix a leaking bucket. We need to fix the bucket.

The Nature Conservancy is working on a study, in cooperation with UC Davis, to evaluate integrated storage and water management options for California's future. Contrary to the article by Dan Nelson, our study does not say more reservoirs are the answer to protecting our groundwater.

The first step to more groundwater storage is to set in place good monitoring and management of our groundwater basins. Unless we do that, everything else that we do to manage water will be undermined.

-- Maurice Hall, California Water Science and Engineering Lead for The Nature Conservancy, Sacramento

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