May. 23, 2019
Aquifer Recharge Season: It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!
Written by Emily Dick, WWT Project Manager
In the area surrounding the City of Sequim on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, Washington Water Trust (WWT) has the opportunity to “give back” to the rivers, streams, and wells of local residents every year from May 15th-July 15th. As a project manager at WWT, I balance the Dungeness Water Exchange, a program which provides new homes a complete offset to their water use. In other words, what they take out of the ground, we put back in to restore groundwater, and in turn, the levels of nearby rivers and streams – in this case, the Dungeness River and its tributaries. This process requires a rather complex series of tasks and thus requires support from numerous partners. For example, Clallam Conservation District manages the construction and design of the offset projects, referred to in the field as “Aquifer Recharge Sites,” and the local irrigation districts and companies use their existing pipes and ditches to carry the offset water to the aquifer recharge sites, and manage the flow and maintenance involved with operation.