Scientists work to save endangered desert mammal
Drought has dried up rare marshes of the Mojave Desert, home to the Amargosa voles. The small rodents are now near extinction. But a new captive breeding program at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine may change things. Early results have been encouraging.
Water researchers share findings at Bay-Delta Science conference
Several scholars with the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences are presenting research at the Bay-Delta Science conference this week in Sacramento. Topics include ecosystems, fish populations and drought, and wetlands restoration in the north part of the Delta. Details in this Drought Watch Report.
Hoping for the Best - Preparing for the Worst
Sheep rancher Dan Macon talks about his preparations for what could be another dry winter in this segment of Voices from the Drought, produced by the UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences:
Drought and the bean stalk
UC Davis researchers are using a special outdoor greenhouse to help develop a new generation of bean varieties that can survive drought conditions. Find out more about how the UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences is breeding a better bean.
Ranching and California's drought workshop
Learn about the Drought Monitor, and how this map may help you quality for drought releif assistance. Results of current studies about how ranchers are coping with the drought, and the newest livestock drought feeding strategies will also be shared.
Your sustainable backyard: Low water use landscaping - UC Davis
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
New UC Davis housing complex saves water and energy
More than 1,300 students are experiencing the latest in sustainability as residents of the new 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.
Did you know…
You can help the campus save water by reporting leaks, broken fixtures, sprinkler malfunctions and other water waste to Facilities Management?
UC Davis winery is stingy on water
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 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.
New tool identifies high-priority dams for fish survival
Scientists have identified 181 California dams that may need to increase water flows to protect native fish downstream, according to a new UC Davis study.
“It is unpopular in many circles to talk about providing more water for fish during this drought, but to the extent we care about not driving native fish to extinction, we need a strategy to keep our rivers flowing below dams,” said lead author Ted Grantham, a former postdoctoral researcher at UC Davis.
A rarely enforced state law, California Fish and Game Code 5937, requires dam operators to release “sufficient water” to keep fish downstream “in good condition.” For example, UC Davis invoked the regulation in a series of lawsuits in the 1980s that led to higher flow releases for native fish in Putah Creek in Yolo and Solano counties.
UC Davis fish biologist and study co-author Peter Moyle describes the history of how Putah Creek got its flow back:
California could face $500 billion in water spending as part of state plan (The Press Democrat)
California drought takes bite out of rice harvest (Miami Herald)
Sacramento Valley farmers are asked: Help the ducks (The Sacramento Bee)
Despite drought, California wine grape harvest is third largest ever (San Francisco Business Times)
Valley drought, disease, shrunken habitats await migratory birds (The Fresno Bee)
The decline of California agriculture (Slate-photo essay)
Jay Lund, director of the Center for Watershed Sciences at UC Davis, can discuss the impacts of drought on California’s water supply.
Richard Howitt, professor emeritus of agricultural and resource economics, can talk about the economic effects of drought on agriculture.
Thomas Harter is a hydro-geologist and expert on groundwater supplies, and on how human activities and agriculture affect groundwater quality.