Bancroft Hotel, Great Hall
2680 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA
September 10, 2019
8:30 am-5:30 pm
With a public keynote lecture by former Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt 

Program is approved for 5 MCLE credits by the State Bar of California. Other CLE credits are possible, please contact the organizers.

Registration for the symposium is now closed.

Registration for the public keynote lecture can be found here. Space is limited.


Groundwater aquifers continue to be depleted as pumping exceeds recharge in many regions of the world, adversely affecting human and environmental systems. Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) is one crucial strategy to bringing these groundwater resources into sustainable balance. However, understanding is sorely lacking about how to effectively incentivize MAR, and how to navigate the institutions relevant to MAR.

This symposium will seek to fill these knowledge gaps, addressing key questions including: Who benefits from groundwater recharge? What conditions are necessary for a recharge project to succeed? How can implementation be incentivized? How should recharge projects be governed? What emerging and novel techniques hold promise for future MAR?

The symposium aims to move the conversation on MAR forward. To this end, presenters will highlight successful and novel recharge projects from across the U.S.. Experts will also speak to scientific, legal, and management issues in recharge, and how they influence potential incentive schemes. These insights will help inform practitioners and scholars about recharge and chart a path towards developing a broadly applicable framework for enabling recharge.


Public Lecture

Following the symposium, former Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt will speak on water management challenges in the West. The lecture will be free and open to symposium registrants and to the general public. Register for the public lecture here.


Who Should Attend

The program will speak to a range of people interested in novel ways to achieve groundwater sustainability, and ample networking time will be included.

The conference is targeted towards a diverse audience, including:

  • Groundwater managers
  • State and local agency staff
  • Consultants and attorneys
  • NGO representatives
  • Groundwater users
  • Local stakeholders
  • Academics and students



Conference admission, conference program and materials, coffee service, lunch, and evening networking reception. Up to 5 units of MCLE credit will be available.

General Admission – $99
Academics and Agency Staff – $79
NGO Staff – $59

Financial assistance for registration fees may be available. Please contact Katie Miller at



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