Stormwater runoff is problematic: It can overwhelm river flows and damage water quality by transporting pollutants to rivers and streams. GSI is evaluating a promising way of managing stormwater by storing it belowground in an aquifer and reusing it later for irrigation and other nonpotable purposes.
GSI completed a feasibility study that assessed the viability of storing treated residential municipal stormwater, collected during winter months, as a source for ASR. The stored runoff would be retrieved in the summer for nonpotable uses, such as irrigation or to reduce river temperatures in the summer with the cooler stored stormwater to improve habitats for fish and streamflow-dependent ecosystems. The stormwater would be recharged into an existing and currently unused ASR test well owned by the City, located next to a stormwater detention facility. GSI found that site conditions proved favorable; the Oregon Water Resources Department awarded the project grant funding to proceed with the pre-design and implementation phase.
GSI’s work involved:
Stormwater sampling near the project site.
The "purple pipe" system will convey nonpotable irrigation water from the ASR well to nearby residential neighborhoods.
Stormwater sampling during a rain event.