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LocationSedgwick County, CO
Groundwater challenges Effects of groundwater overdraft on connected surface waters 
Managed aquifer recharge (MAR) motivating factors Providing habitat for wildlife, maintaining surface water diversions and groundwater pumping, and aiding compliance with an interstate water compact and a federal agreement for downstream threatened and endangered species protection 
MAR project goal Retiming of surface water from times of surplus stream flow to times of deficit while providing shallow water wetland habitat for migratory birds 
Recharge method Infiltration ponds 
Water source South Platte River 
Key actor(s) Ducks Unlimited, Lower South Platte Water Conservancy District, South Platte River Ranch, and South Platte Water Related Activities Program, Inc. 
Nonregulatory challenges Initial multiparty collaboration; Colorado’s Water Court process; occasional O&M costs related to flood events 
Regulatory issues None 
Milestones 2003—Colorado legislature passes bill requiring all groundwater users in the South Platte obtain court approved plans for augmentation 
 2007—Platte River Recovery Implementation Program Begins 
 2009—Heyborne Ponds Recharge Constructed 
Current status Fully implemented 
Cost Estimated US$27,000/year 
LocationSedgwick County, CO
Groundwater challenges Effects of groundwater overdraft on connected surface waters 
Managed aquifer recharge (MAR) motivating factors Providing habitat for wildlife, maintaining surface water diversions and groundwater pumping, and aiding compliance with an interstate water compact and a federal agreement for downstream threatened and endangered species protection 
MAR project goal Retiming of surface water from times of surplus stream flow to times of deficit while providing shallow water wetland habitat for migratory birds 
Recharge method Infiltration ponds 
Water source South Platte River 
Key actor(s) Ducks Unlimited, Lower South Platte Water Conservancy District, South Platte River Ranch, and South Platte Water Related Activities Program, Inc. 
Nonregulatory challenges Initial multiparty collaboration; Colorado’s Water Court process; occasional O&M costs related to flood events 
Regulatory issues None 
Milestones 2003—Colorado legislature passes bill requiring all groundwater users in the South Platte obtain court approved plans for augmentation 
 2007—Platte River Recovery Implementation Program Begins 
 2009—Heyborne Ponds Recharge Constructed 
Current status Fully implemented 
Cost Estimated US$27,000/year 
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