Santa Rosa Groundwater “Recharge”

To All,

One thing you will hear over and over about ground water in the Santa Rosa area is that it is in a “recharge area” . However this paradigm needs to shift. It implies that we can draw from the water resources without consequence because it will always “recharge and come back”. This is not true. What a water recharge area actually is can be greatly varied and un-explained. Some aquifers just dry up. With such little science and information about the county’s primary resource, it is actually quite irresponsible to assume that anyone is actually “managing groundwater”, especially officials tasked to do so.