CEE Seminar: Role of Groundwater in Integrated Water Resources Management

McDonnell Douglas Engineering Auditorium (MDEA)
Behrooz Mortazavi, Ph.D.

Groundwater Resources Association David Keith Todd Distinguished Lecturer
Water Resources Engineering, Inc.

Abstract:  Many water agencies and water resources authorities in California and around the world are interested in increasing the reliability of their water supply during critically dry conditions. These entities continuously try to expand use of local resources in an effort to improve water supply reliability in their region. Use of potable groundwater, desalinated groundwater and storage of surface water or recycled water in the local aquifers are some of the elements that can enhance water supply reliability. Implementation of these elements requires existence of water rights and of a viable water resources management plan. In addition, water quality variations and geo-political dynamics play an important role in the structure of these management plans.

This talk reviews political, environmental and technical challenges for implementing an integrated resources plan. Eastern Municipal Water District's local resource planning will be used as a case study to demonstrate how it used its available groundwater resources to implement a successful integrated resources plan in Southern California.

Speaker Bio:  For over two decades, Behrooz Mortazavi was in charge of developing and implementing water resources management plans at Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD), located 60 miles southeast of Los Angeles. During his tenure, EMWD secured its groundwater rights after an Indian Water Rights Settlement, which was enacted by Congress; initiated an integrated resources plan; designed and implemented an integrated recharge and recovery program to mitigate groundwater overdraft; and maximized the use of recycled water to meet agricultural, environmental habitat and municipal irrigation demands in its jurisdiction.

In association with:
Groundwater Resources Association of California
TODD Groundwater
Luhdorff & Scalmanini Consulting Engineers
Geosyntec Consultants