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Accounting for Uncertainty in Groundwater Sustainability Modeling

Dr. Abhishek Singh, a Senior Environmental Scientist and Manager of INTERA’s California operations, was recently featured in Western Water’s Summer 2017 edition in an article entitled, “Now Comes the Hard Part: Building Sustainable Groundwater Management in California.” California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), enacted in 2014, establishes a new structure for managing California’s groundwater resources at a local level. In the article, Dr. Singh discusses the importance of planning for uncertainty in groundwater sustainability modeling stating, “Planning with certainty is a rare thing. Planning under uncertainty is a necessity. You can account for uncertainty or just ignore it.” Western Water also captured Dr. Singh’s emphasis on the importance of creating conceptual water budgets for basins as part of the Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) development process. These budgets identify what is known and unknown about a basin, and characterize the basin through data acquisition. The full Western Water article is available here.