New Issue Brief: Innovative Incentives for Groundwater Recharge

Michael Kiparsky, Andrew T. Fisher
July 16, 2018
Recharge Net Metering to Enhance Groundwater Sustainability
The Center for Law, Energy & the Environment at UC Berkeley School of Law
Increasing recharge of aquifers will be a crucial component for achieving groundwater sustainability in California. A key challenge lies in creating incentives that will motivate landowners, tenants, and other stakeholders to develop recharge projects.   
Recharge Net Metering (ReNeM) is a strategy that encourages recharge by offsetting costs of distributed water collection and infiltration systems. Participants benefit directly through the rebate program, while helping to improve and sustain the supply and quality of groundwater for themselves, other resource users, and regional aquatic systems.
The Issue Brief presents a concise conceptual description of ReNeM, as well as a brief account of its first implementation as a pilot program in the Pajaro Valley of California. Our USDA- and UC Water-funded research on ReNeM is ongoing, so watch for more forthcoming products.
Read or download the Issue Brief here:
Michael Kiparsky, Director of the Wheeler Water Institute, CLEE, UC Berkeley School of Law
Andrew T. Fisher, Professor, Earth $ Planetary Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz
Michael Hanemann, Chancellor's Professor and Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics, Department of Agriculture and Resources Economics, UC Berkeley
John Bowie, Research Fellow at the Wheeler Water Institute at CLEE, UC Berkeley School of Law
Rose Kantor, Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Berkeley
Chris Coburn, Executive Director, Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County
Brian Lockeood, General Manager, Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency