Groundwater: The charge to recharge needs to be data driven

In the world of groundwater recharge, not all dirt is created equal.

Where, when, how much and how fast water can best be recharged into our depleted aquifers has become a critical question in the Central Valley.

A new tool aims to help answer those questions at the field-by-field level or up to an entire county.

The Groundwater Recharge Assessment Tool, or GRAT, was spearheaded by Sustainable Conservation, a nonprofit group that works to find collaborative solutions to some of California’s thorniest problems, including water and land use in the valley. It worked with Earth Genome, an environmental data crunching group, to develop GRAT.

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