Subsurface Water Storage Symposium

2018 Subsurface Water Storage Symposium

November 13-14, 2018
North Ballroom, Lory Student Center
Colorado State University

Dating back to the mid-1800s, settlers in Colorado and the western US advanced visionary projects and legal frameworks that created sustainable water supplies for municipalities, agriculture, and industry. Today, settlers continue to arrive in Colorado, the diversity of our water needs has grown, and the need for visionary initiatives facilitating sustainable water supplies is as strong as ever. Following the Colorado Water Plan, solutions to water challenges will come in many forms. Building on the 2016 Subsurface Water Storage Symposium at Colorado State University, subsurface water storage is a remarkable opportunity to increase water storage, manage costs, confront climate change through resiliency, and preserve our remarkable western place.

The 2018 Subsurface Water Storage meeting brought water leaders together to identify challenges, share knowledge, and build collaborations that will enable the full potential of subsurface water storage. We explored water challenges confronting the western US, legal issues, and legislative support for the advancement of water storage initiatives. Technical aspects of subsurface water storage were also addressed, including new tools and knowledge for evaluating subsurface water storage projects and the status of a rapidly growing list of subsurface water storage projects in Colorado and the western US.

As with our 2016 Symposium, David Pyne was the keynote speaker in 2018.  For more than forty years, David has been at the forefront of subsurface water storage through his global advancement of aquifer storage and recovery (ASR).

2018 Symposium Notes

2016 Subsurface Water Storage Symposium

November 15-16, 2016
North Ballroom, Lory Student Center
Colorado State University

Per the 2016 White House Water Summit, “…there is a need to shine a spotlight on the importance of cross-cutting, creative solutions to solving the water problems.” Similar themes can be found in the State of Colorado’s Water Plan, including “storage as we conserve” and in the commitments being made by water districts across Colorado and the West.

An emerging “cross-cutting, creative solution” is the use of SSWS in conjunction with existing surface water systems. SSWS projects can simplify permitting for new storage, provide an economical alternative to surface storage, minimize environmental impacts of new water storage, enhance the resiliency of water systems, and conserve water by reducing seepage and evaporative losses.

A one-and-a-half-day symposium addressing SSWS was held on the CSU campus in November 2016. Nearly 100 researchers, practitioners, and water professionals participated by sharing emerging knowledge, collaboratively debated critical issues, and prioritized future work to address key water management challenges. The symposium was sponsored by the CSU Water Center with support from the Walter Scott Jr. College of Engineering, Warner College of Natural Resources, and the Colorado Water Institute.

Participants from 2016 Subsurface Water Storage Symposium