Is there anything Vineyard residents should know about ASRs?

ASR (Aquifer Storage and Recharge) is an advanced topic regarding water and the ecosystem in general. Aquifer storage and recharge (ASR) is a process used to increase the amount of water that can be stored in underground aquifers for later use. It involves pumping water into an aquifer during times of excess water supply, such as during periods of heavy rainfall or snowmelt, and then extracting the water when it is needed during times of drought or other water shortages.

The city's water is provided by Central Utah Water Conservancy District (CUWCD). The wells and groundwater in Vineyard are operated by CUWCD. There are specific requirements to Aquifer Recharging. Vineyard City's location by Utah Lake allows for the city to put its cleaned stormwater directly into Utah Lake, allowing for a healthy ecosystem and CUWCD to draw water from the lake, all under the authority of the State of Utah. 

The city is working with the developers of the Vineyard Downtown to incorporate Low Impact Development (LID) systems to the stormwater systems to reduce the impact of the city's northern storm drain system.

Low Impact Development (LID) is an approach to land development and stormwater management that emphasizes the use of natural systems and practices to minimize the environmental impacts of development. LID seeks to mimic natural processes by using techniques such as permeable pavement, rain gardens, and green roofs to capture and infiltrate stormwater runoff on-site.

The goal of LID is to reduce the amount of stormwater runoff that is generated by development, thereby reducing the impact of development on downstream water quality and quantity. By using natural systems and practices to manage stormwater on-site, LID can also help to recharge groundwater supplies, reduce erosion and sedimentation, and protect aquatic habitats.

LID represents a sustainable and environmentally-friendly approach to land development and stormwater management, minimizing the environmental impacts of development, promoting the use of natural systems, helping to protect our water resources and creating more livable and resilient communities.

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1. Is Vineyard in a floodplain?
2. Will the groundwater table rise and flood homes close to the lake?
3. Can you explain groundwater levels and what that means for wells and basements?
4. Should residents close to the lake be concerned with water tables rising with historic snowpack levels? The lake levels are low, but do we see this being an issue?
5. What systems are in place that help with flood potential? How do detention ponds, land drains, underground channels, etc. mitigate flood potential?
6. Does Vineyard have sandbags available to residents?
7. From the city engineer standpoint, what level of concern might exist for the water table rising significantly, leading to flooding basements? Should our residents be concerned about this?
8. Is our ground water table generally low? Will it make a difference for people closer to the lake than those further from it?
9. How will those with septic tanks be affected by potential flooding?
10. Will we experience cracks or aging due to poorly maintained pipes being inundated with rising water?
11. How has the City staff prepared for potential flooding impacts?
12. Will our pavement suffer?
13. Will trees suffer as the soil becomes soupier, starving their roots of oxygen?
14. Is there anything Vineyard residents should know about ASRs?