Managed aquifer recharge (MAR) is the purposeful recharge of water to aquifers for later recovery or other benefits.
MAR includes various approaches including aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) and surface spreading. It is an increasingly important tool for mitigating the economic, environmental, and public health impacts of water shortages. MAR captures available water during wet periods, periods of low demand, or water that would otherwise be lost and intentionally moves this water underground for subsequent recovery or other benefit. While practiced for decades, MAR is of growing interest by many communities.
This NGWA conference provides a forum for sharing technical, regulatory, and institutional lessons from existing projects to develop successful recharge projects addressing water supply resilience and groundwater quality.