Santa Clara Valley Water District

About Santa Clara Valley Water District

Welcome to the Groundwater and Water Resources (GWR) research group at San Francisco State University
The Groundwater and Water Resources (GWR) research group is part of the Department of Earth & Climate Sciences at San Francisco State University. The "Hydro Group" studies hydrologic, climatologic, and biogeochemical processes that affect sustainable groundwater and surface-water resources in California and the western United States

Groundwater and Water Resources (GWR) Research Group
Our "Hydro group" uses modeling-, field-, and laboratory-based approaches to understand:

→ Groundwater and suface water resource availability, sustainability, and vulnerability assessment; and related environmental engineering applications, especially within the context of urban and agricultural water management.

→ Vadose zone (unsaturated zone) and soil-water processes, including quantifying & mapping recharge quantity and quality and preferential flow;

→ Aqueous geochemistry;

→ Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus;

→ Managed aquifer recharge;

→ Low Impact Development (LID) effects on recharge quantity and quality;

→ Hydroclimatology and climate change / variability effects on water resources;

→ Contaminant hydrogeology and nonpoint-source contamination at watershed to regional scales, including groundwater-vulnerability assessments to nitrate;

→ Saltwater intrusion and submarine groundwater discharge as related to the management of coastal aquifers systems;

→ Interdependencies between climatic-hydrologic-land use and subsurface processes;

→ Geographic Information Systems (GIS) modeling and uncertainty analysis.


Pipeline Engineering Intern

May 2023 - August 2023 San Jose, CA
“I really enjoyed being in the program where it was encouraged to go on site tours and take advantage of learning opportunities. Not only did I learn so much in my unit about how they carry out design plans for pipelines - I learned about other units such as watersheds, construction, and asset management! I began to understand how they all worked together to get water to Santa Clara County.”
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