Water
The life force of our planet, water is our most precious, yet imperiled, resource. How much do we have? How is it used? How can our water management be improved? Learn more about UC efforts to create a sustainable water system for our state.

Date: 7/13/2018
Drought, climate change, an aging infrastructure and growing population threaten the water California's San Joaquin Valley uses to supply most of the nation's produce and a large proportion of its livestock and dairy. "Adequate water for food for the nation is a water security issue, and it's also a national security issue," says UC Merced CITRIS researcher Roger Bales in a new documentary examining water problems and solutions across the United States and globally

Date: 4/6/2018
Because periodic droughts will always be a part of life in California, the UC California Institute for Water Resources (CIWR) produced a series of videos to maintain drought awareness and planning, even in years when water is more abundant. This episode addresses citrus cultivation with Lisa Brenneis of Churchill Brenneis Orchards and Ben Faber, UCCE Advisor from Ventura County explaining strategies to sustain citrus through drought.

Date: 4/6/2018
A look at The UC Water Academy, an experiential educational component inaugurated in 2017 by The University of California Water Security and Sustainability Research Initiative that aims to train the next generation of water leaders in the state. After three months of studies, the students from four UC campuses visited key water infrastructure sites, met with experts in agriculture, conveyance, and natural resources management, and finally rafted the South Fork of the American River.

Date: 3/2/2018
Because periodic droughts will always be a part of life in California, the UC California Institute for Water Resources (CIWR) produced a series of videos to maintain drought awareness and planning, even in years when water is more abundant. Raj Meena of Meena Farms shares how they collaborated with UCCE Advisor David Doll to implement new irrigation strategies to continue production.

Date: 2/2/2018
Because periodic droughts will always be a part of life in California, the UC California Institute for Water Resources (CIWR) produced a series of videos to maintain drought awareness and planning, even in years when water is more abundant. This episode addresses alfalfa with Cannon Michael of Bowles Farming in Los Banos and UCCE specialist Dan Putnam explaining some of the strategies for alfalfa crops during drought.

Date: 1/12/2018
The long California drought forced many growers to pump groundwater to irrigate their crops. With the establishment of California's Sustainable Groundwater Management Act replenishment of California's groundwater supplies is of utmost importance. To develop replenishment strategies, Professor Helen Dahlke joins fellow UC Davis researchers, UC Cooperative Extension and California farmers to test the impacts of irrigating almond orchards in the winter to recharge groundwater aquifers and to help manage water resources sustainably. Recorded on 03/22/2016.

Date: 6/9/2017
A team of researchers strives to understand the hydrological cycle in a California Redwood forest, using advanced technology to track the life cycle of water in the forest; where it comes from, how long it stays and how it is used by the forest ecosystem.

Date: 5/5/2017
How researchers at UC Merced are developing a better understanding of the three sources of water upon which California depends in order to adapt to the effects of environmental changes and make better use of this most precious of our natural resources.

Date: 5/5/2017
Researchers from UC Berkeley's Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) have developed an innovative remote sensing network to provide real-time assessment of California snow pack in order to better manage water supplies for a variety of users.