Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Earth and Environmental Sciences


Geography and Environmental Studies

First Advisor

Melchiorre, Erik B.

Second Advisor

Fryxell, Joan E.

Third Advisor

Longville, Susan


California recently declared a state of emergency over drought followiing three years of below average rain and snowfall. There is a consensus among many involved in water supply in California for finding new sources of water, conservation, and increasing recharge to replenish the groundwater with surface water that would have been lost to run off. This study investigates the amount of stormwater that could potentially be reinvested as groundwater recharge by simply transforming selected impermeable parking lots of the commercial, industrial, and institutional sectors into pervious pavement that allow water to infiltrate rather than be lost as urban runoff.