MAR Conference: Call for Papers


Managed Aquifer Recharge: Unleashing Resiliency, Protecting Groundwater Quality

April 24-25, 2023
San Antonio , TX

Managed aquifer recharge (MAR) is the purposeful recharge of water to aquifers for later recovery or other benefits. MAR includes various approaches including Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) and surface spreading. It is an increasingly important tool for mitigating the economic, environmental, and public health impacts of water shortages. MAR captures available water during wet periods, periods of low demand, or water that would otherwise be lost and intentionally moves this water underground for subsequent recovery or other benefit. While practiced for decades, MAR is of growing interest by many communities. This NGWA conference provides a forum for sharing technical, regulatory, and institutional lessons from existing projects to develop successful recharge projects addressing water supply resilience and groundwater quality.

Abstracts are solicited on broad aspects of managed aquifer recharge, particularly as they relate to resiliency, regulatory aspects, and managing groundwater quality, including those addressing:

Current science and pracitices of MAR

  • Types, designs, installation, operation, and maintenance
  • Iterative learning from pilot project to full-scale operation
  • Project level accounting
  • Groundwater basin and watershed management
  • MAR in conjunctive use

Water quality case studies

  • Source water and groundwater compatibility
  • Protecting groundwater/aquifers
  • Geochemistry modeling/analysis
  • Water treatment of recharged and recovered water
  • Regulatory and economic considerations
  • Reuse and recycled water used with MAR

Managing for resiliency

  • MAR cost and value
  • Source water availability in forecasts of climate extremes
  • Stormwater and recycled water as source water
  • Water sufficiency for aquifer recharge and use
  • Local resilience alternatives and planning
  • Addressing underserved communities

Regulatory and institutional environment for MAR

  • Addressing state and local statutory and regulatory programs
  • Federal/state underground injection control program challenges
  • Key elements of state MAR regulatory programs
  • Interagency collaboration, stakeholder engagement
  • Water markets, incentive programs

Abstracts are due through NGWA's electronic systems by 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday, January 16, 2023 and must be submitted in sentence form and without bullet points on our website.

Titles should be limited to 100 characters or less and abstracts should be limited to 300 words or less.

We are accepting papers for 20-minute oral platform presentations and poster presentations. Please confim you are selecting the correct submission form below.


Steps and Instructions:

  1. Enter Title

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  2. Enter Author

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  3. Enter Abstract Text

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  4. Confirmation

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20-minute Oral Platform Presentation Abstracts

Deadline for New Submissions: Monday, January 16, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. ET.



Poster Presentation Abstracts

Deadline for New Submissions: Monday, January 16, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. ET.