Groundwater Resources Association of California

16th Biennial Symposium 2018


The Sixteenth Biennial Symposium on Managed Aquifer Recharge, Recharge to the Rescue!, Managed Aquifer Recharge as a Water Management Tool, will take place at on March 5-7, 2018 in San Diego, CA.  This event continues a long-standing series of symposia originating in Arizona in 1978.  The Fifteenth Biennial Symposium on Managed Aquifer Recharge was combined with the Ninth International Symposium on Managed Aquifer Recharge (ISMAR 9) held in Mexico City in 2016.  The Groundwater Resources Association of California and the Arizona Hydrological Society have teamed up to hold the BSMAR event with the location alternating between California and Arizona.

Event Type:
Mar. 6-7, 2018
1710 W Mission Bay Drive
San Diego , CA , USA

Sponsor and Exhibitor Opportunities
If you are interested in exhibiting your organization's services or products, or being an event co-sponsor, please click here for more details and register online before February 11, 2018.

Optional Workshops: March 5

Aquifer Storage Recovery (ASR): How to Identify and Resolve Technical and Other Issues Associated with Successful Groundwater Recharge Through Wells
Presented by David Pyne
Additional fees apply.


State of the Art Techniques in Characterizing, Constructing and Operating Optimum Surface Spreading Groundwater Recharge Projects
Presented by Mike Milczarek and Adam Hutchinson
Additional fees apply.

Optional Field Trip: March 5
1pm-4pm Carlsbad Desalination Plant tour.
Additional fees apply.
* The field trip will only take place if we have a minimum of 20 registered attendees.

Herman Bouwer Award: March 6
In honor of Dr. Herman Bouwer’s contributions to the field of MAR, an award named for Dr. Bouwer will be presented during a special luncheon on March 6.  The award will be given to an individual or agency that has had a significant impact on increasing the understanding or utilization of MAR.  A description of the award can be found here.

California State Water Resources Control Board’s Division of Water Rights Outreach: March 6
Many managed aquifer recharge projects in California may require new or amended surface water rights to divert surface water to underground storage. Staff from the California State Water Resources Control Board’s Division of Water Rights will be available during the March 6th evening reception to answer questions about the water rights permitting process, including the Division’s program for temporary permits for groundwater recharge. This is a great opportunity to get to know the staff who will process your future projects, and get tips on application submittal. For more information, visit

Optional Workshop: March 7


Web-Based Managed Aquifer Recharge Modeling Workshop

Additional fees apply.

Contact Information

For additional information: contact Adam Hutchinson via email at or telephone at 714-378-3214 

Event Justification Toolkit

By now you know the value of GRA event attendance for keeping up with evolving industry priorities, state-of-the-practice technologies, and emerging strategies for the challenges facing the groundwater world. In addition, GRA events offer fantastic opportunities for networking, learning from vendors exhibiting the latest tools and technologies, and exposure for your organization.

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