Connecting Regional Groundwater Assessments, Agriculture, and Groundwater Governance
National Ground Water Association
Regional groundwater assessments provide a venue for understanding groundwater from a systems perspective with agriculture typically a prominent factor. Such assessments, however, can easily become largely an end in themselves. This presentation focuses on key challenges in making regional groundwater assessments more relevant to agricultural water management and groundwater governance. Topics include integrating water quantity and quality, portraying longer-term effects, addressing multiple scales, the importance of water use data, distinguishing between climatic and direct human influences, and accounting for agricultural effects on groundwater recharge. The importance of a whole water cycle approach is emphasized.