Groundwater reserves depleted from overpumping
UC Davis scientists say the drought is responsible for the greatest reduction in water availability for California agriculture ever seen.
Groundwater management issues and other key findings are outlined in an extensive new report on the drought’s impact.
Connecting wildfires to climate change and drought
Jens Stevens, with the UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences studied the practice of thinning forests and found this treatment makes a difference in the forest’s ability to withstand a burn in really hot and dry conditions. Stevens specializes in what is called disturbance ecology, under the context of climate change.
UC Davis study shows water commitments are five times more than actual flow in state's rivers/streams
“We’ve created a false sense that there is sufficient water to meet everyone’s needs,” said Theodore Grantham, a UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences researcher who co-wrote the new analysis on the state’s water demands.
The research is documented in this San Jose Mercury News special report.
UC Davis secures water source for the future
UC Davis is entering into a contract to receive water from the Woodland-Davis surface water project. The move is a way for the campus to pick up an additional water source to suppliment underwater wells, which have been impacted by the drought. UC Davis will pay $20 million to help fund the project and construct water pipelines.
Water well drawdown underscores need to conserve
Pumping in one of the main water wells on the west side of the UC Davis campus has been reduced to prevent further drawdown. Utilities records show the water table in the well has dropped 82 feet from April to June. Other wells will take up the slack providing water with no impact anticipated. Drought conservation measures continue on campus, with an incentive program just announced to reward water savers.
64 million gallons of water saved
That's the total so far on campus this year. Check real-time savings with the UC Davis Water Dashboard.
Wondering what to plant this summer?
Get through the dry heat with these not-so-thirsty suggestions from the UC Davis Arboretum.
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 natural resource economics, can talk about the economic effects of drought on agriculture.
The most water-consuming states are the ones in drought (The Huffington Post)
California water prices soar for farmers as drought grows (Bloomberg News)
Uncovering the human impact of California’s drought: What can philanthropy do? (The Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems Funders teleconference)
Red Bluff, Corning agree to truck water to thirsty neighbor (Appeal Democrat)
Get ahead or get parched: Six ways to survive the drought
Workshops for landscape irrigation managers are scheduled in Los Angeles on July 29 and in Irvine on July 31. Registration.
Presented by the UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the California Center for Urban Horticulture.