The National Ground Water Association (NGWA) has presented its 2011 Ground Water Protection Award to the Water Replenishment District of Southern California (WRD) for its Regional Groundwater Monitoring Program.
For more than 50 years, WRD has managed the groundwater replenishment and water-quality activities for the Central Groundwater Basin and the West Coast Groundwater Basin that serves 4 million residents in south Los Angeles County. The analyses of information from the WRD Regional Groundwater Monitoring Program helps the District plan and implement projects and programs to increase recycled water use, prevent seawater intrusion and capture and conserve stormwater.
The WRD Regional Groundwater Monitoring Program includes 300 dedicated monitoring wells where groundwater levels and quality are tracked and analyzed. The District compiles an annual report to convey the groundwater monitoring results to the public and regulatory agencies.
“The foresight WRD had 50 years ago to keep track of groundwater conditions is paying huge dividends today,” WRD board member Albert Robles said while receiving the award. “We are proud to now operate one of the most sophisticated groundwater monitoring and database programs in the country. Great to see WRD receiving recognition for its programs.”