Viewfinder: Campbell's Page Groundwater Recharge Ponds

A system of eight groundwater recharge ponds near the southern border of Campbell help to refill water pumped for household and agricultural use throughout Santa Clara Valley.

On the corner of Winchester and Hacienda avenues, near the southern border of Campbell, rests the (percolation ponds). The system of eight manmade ponds are an important part of the Santa Clara Valley water distribution system and are used to help replenish groundwater, which is water stored beneath the surface of the earth. 

The recharge ponds receive their water from the Lexington Reservoir or from melting snow in the Sierra Nevada, which is eventually pumped and used throughout the valley, according to the information available at the ponds. 

Groundwater is filtered through aquifers, layers of rock beneath the ground that naturally purifies water that travels through them. The Page Groundwater Recharge Ponds cover 14 acres of land. They went into operation in 1935 and were reconstructed in 1961 and 1965, according to Santa Clara Valley Water District.

L.A. Chung March 14, 2011 at 12:21 AM
...Timely photos. National Groundwater Awareness week just concluded! http://www.valleywater.org/EkContent.aspx?id=5946
Daniel Gamberg March 14, 2011 at 07:36 PM
L.A. Chung, thanks for sharing. That's great information!
Mayra Flores de Marcotte March 14, 2011 at 08:31 PM
Thanks for the heads up, LA! These really are fantastic photos. Daniel did a great job (and the Santa Clara Valley Water District, which e-mailed me this weekend agrees!)
Patrick T. Ferraro March 14, 2011 at 09:46 PM
I'm so happy to see the geese in the lead picture with this story. After reading elsewhere that SCVWD hire a team of dogs to roust the geese visiting their ponds, I wrote this very tongue-in-cheek post on my blog, which often harshly reports activities at our local water district: http://neverthirstpatferraro.blogspot.com/2009/07/san-jose-goose-news.html
Mayra Flores de Marcotte March 17, 2011 at 06:32 PM
Patrick, Thanks for the comment! Yes, it's my understanding that the SCVWD still does use shepard dogs to safely chase migrating geese at several pond locations to prevent them from nesting there but it looks like these guys got a break the day our photographer went out to take these pictures. Thanks again and keep on reading Campbell Patch!


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