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SFWMD releases 2021 Aquifer Storage and Recovery Well Science Plan

After receiving input from the public, stakeholders, and an expert review panel, the 2021 Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) Well Science Plan is now available at SFWMD/asr.

This inaugural plan is anticipated to be updated annually to reflect the latest science and best available information on the use of ASR wells in Everglades projects.

The South Florida Water Management District and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers developed the 2021 ASR Well Science Plan to support a phased, science-based implementation of ASR wells as part of the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project (LOWRP).

Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) refers to the process of recharge, storage, and recovery of water in an aquifer. ASR facilities have been used in Florida and throughout the United States for about 40 years. Currently, there are over thirty ASR systems operating throughout the state, utilizing approximately 100 wells for recharge, storage, and recovery. A map of ASR facilities in Florida is shown to the right. ASR systems are currently used for the storage of potable drinking water, partially treated surface water, groundwater, and reclaimed water.