Recharge Feasibility & WSIP Funding Analyses for the High Desert Groundwater Bank

Our modeling analysis determined that recharge capacity was sufficient to make the Bank a financially viable business venture.


AVEK is looking to develop the High Desert Groundwater Bank to improve water supply reliability for its customers. An additional goal is to establish a business venture that will generate revenues and offset costs to AVEK’s customers.


M&A provided a range of services for this project, including a recharge feasibility assessment and an evaluation of whether AVEK should apply for funding under California’s new Water Storage Investment Program (WSIP) — a task that required our specialized expertise in monetizing ecological and public benefits, a core requirement of this new program. Our services have included:

  • Developing a groundwater model to estimate the recharge capacity of the Bank
  • Evaluating the efficacy of obtaining funding under WSIP
  • Preparing a proposal to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation for a WaterSMART grant to support additional hydrogeologic investigations to improve confidence in Bank performance