Demonstration Recharge, Extraction and Aquifer Management (DREAM) Project

The County and North San Joaquin Water Conversation District (NSJWCD), in partnership with the Stockton East Water District (SEWD), Woodbridge Irrigation District (W1D), and East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD), have been working to develop and implement the DREAM Project. The purpose of the DREAM Project is to develop a successful pilot scale groundwater storage project in Eastern San Joaquin County. The Project allows EBMUD to temporarily store Mokelumne River water in the underground basin and recover up to half of the banked water in the future, which would provide supplemental dry year supply for EBMUD while also providing additional water for the local groundwater basin.

On April 11, 2017, in accordance with the County Ordinance Code, the Board granted a Groundwater Export Permit for the DREAM Project allowing the partners to pursue additional permits, construction, and operation.  The San Joaquin County Public Works Water Resources Division will continue to support the DREAM Project by convening a Monitoring Committee as required by the Ordinance and performing the monitoring of wells prior to and during recharge and extraction activities for the next four years to ensure that the DREAM Project meets the conditions of the Groundwater Export Permit. Costs for these activities will be reimbursed by the project fund established by an agreement with NSJWCD and EBMUD.