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UC expertise

After three dry years, California now faces its driest year on record. Water content in the winter snowpack is a meager 6 percent of normal, and groundwater supplies are increasingly threatened.

The agriculture industry faces decisions about whether fields should go fallow. Residents are being asked to cut water usage by 25 percent — and many have already made water conservation a way of life as a result of previous droughts. All wonder if this is a passing crisis, or a harbinger of a new normal.

Experts throughout the University of California are grappling with these issues as well. Their research provides guidance for growers, advice for residents and insights for us all. As the state's water crisis unfolds, stay informed about UC's efforts to find answers and solutions here.