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    Lake Shasta - Bridge Bay Marina, Sept. 3, 2014. Photos taken by UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences lab and field director Carson Jeffres.

  • low water at shasta lake bridge bay marina

    Lake Shasta - Bridge Bay Marina, Sept. 3, 2014. (Carson Jeffres)

  • low water at shasta lake bridge bay marina

    Lake Shasta - Bridge Bay Marina, Sept. 3, 2014. (Carson Jeffres)

  • low water at shasta lake bridge bay marina

    Lake Shasta - Bridge Bay Marina, Sept. 3, 2014. (Carson Jeffres)

Drought Research

Drought Journal: Hope springs eternal

UC Davis fish biologist Peter Moyle in stream monitoring native fish during drought

How are native fish coping with the drought? That’s the question researchers with the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences are trying to answer.  They spent the summer exploring streams and rivers throughout northern and central California and report their findings in this Drought Journal: Hope springs eternal.

Did you know UC Davis is home to the UC Cooperative Extension Groundwater Hydrology Program?

groundwater transfer station in San Joaquin Valley

Scientists led by UC Davis hydrologist and groundwater expert Thomas Harter provide education outreach to farm advisors and California water managers. Their research during the drought has helped shape water policy including the recent passage of historic groundwater legislation.

Check out the Groundwater Hydrology Program website to learn more about pumping, aquifers, and the challenges of managing groundwater during dry years.

California groundwater plan called “management lite”

UC Davis environmental law professor Richard Frank says new groundwater pumping regulations in California won't be a quick fix, and he worries there will be little effect during the current drought.

Listen to Frank's comments, in this California Drought Watch report.

Water Education

Your Sustainable Backyard: Low Water Use Landscaping - UC Davis

drought tolerant landscape

This workshop will provide an overview of various topics of interest to both Master Gardeners and Garden Enthusiasts. It will feature innovative ideas on how to save water and still have a beautiful landscape.

When: Saturday, Nov. 8, 8 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Where: University of California, Davis, 1001 Giedt Hall


Presented by the California Center for Urban Horticulture at UC Davis

Campus Water

New UC Davis housing complex will save water and energy

bioswale at Tercero North apartments

A bioswale at the new Tercero Residence Halls 

More than 1,300 students will experience the latest in sustainability when they move into the Tercero North Residence Halls this fall.

The complex features a water and air supply system heated with steam. 

Drought busters include a 30 percent savings for inside water, and a 50 percent reduction in outside water required for landscaping.  

Plus, all buildings are individually metered for water and energy use.

UC Davis leaks logo

Did you know…

You can help the campus save water by reporting leaks, broken fixtures, sprinkler malfunctions and other water waste to Facilities Management? 


This is not to be confused with #droughtshaming.

Low water, low mow grass thriving 

A water-stingy type of grass is being grown outside the UC Davis Graduate School of Management.

It's called UC Verde Buffalograss, and it only needs to be watered once a week, even in the summer.


Drought and climate change are among the wine industry's top issues according to a UC Davis survey of California winery operators

Many said they are already implementing a number of strategies including using imaging technology to minimize vineyard water use, recycling winery water for use in vineyard irrigation, and changing winery equipment and procedures to use water more efficiently.

Chik Brennaman is the winery manager and winemaker for the UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology. He says it takes a lot of water to make wine:

At UC Davis, Brennaman says they recycle rainwater:

The campus winery is designed to capture and reuse 90 percent of the winery’s processing water, eventually using that water as many as 10 times.

UC Davis Experts

Jay Lund, director of the Center for Watershed Sciences at UC Davis, can discuss the impacts of drought on California’s water supply. KCBS Radio "In Depth" interview.

Richard Howitt, professor emeritus of agricultural and resource economics, can talk about the economic effects of drought on agriculture.

Mark Schwartz, director of the John Muir Institute of the Environment, can discuss the impact of drought on wildfires.  Cal Fire info.

Water Calculator

Water calculator from the department of water resources

See how your home use stacks up and learn how to conserve.