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California’s water system leaks like a sieve — how to save millions of gallons

Quantifying, much less preventing, H2O loss is almost impossible. UC Berkeley's John Gage wants to solve the problem.

UC Santa Barbara tracking El Nino

Tracking El Niño’s impact

UC Santa Barbara geologists are measuring coastal erosion and the effects of rising sea levels and storms brought by weather phenomenon.

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$1.2 million awarded by UCLA to help Los Angeles County thrive despite climate change

Developing smart grids and converting wastewater are among the projects earning grants as part of the Sustainable LA Grand Challenge.

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Forecast: cloudy

Predicting intensity, impact of this winter’s El Niño is complicated by unprecedented confluence of weather anomalies.

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Map IDs farmland with greatest potential for replenishing groundwater

Groundwater banking index provides information on millions of acres of California farmland.


Experts suggest ways to better manage urban stormwater runoff

Rain barrels, absorbent roofs and permeable pavement could help reduce waste, researchers from UC Irvine, UCLA, UC San Diego and elsewhere say in paper.

Drought planning and water savings earn best practice award

Campus water-conscious efforts were recognized at the 2015 California Higher Education Sustainability Conference.

Former UC Davis postdoc Kim Mosse digs through soil for sampling at a vineyard. A UC Davis study says winery wastewater is a viable option to irrigate vineyards.

Winery wastewater a viable water source for vineyards

UC Davis research provides first data to support California wine industry’s reuse of treated winery wastewater, and it describes recommended conditions for the practice, with key focus on salinity issues.

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Sorghum is focus of $12.3M study of crop drought tolerance

Study will examine the role of epigenetics in allowing plants to survive in drought conditions.

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UC Merced researchers to tackle water crisis on multiple fronts

In the Central Valley, the Sierra and beyond, multicampus research initiative dives into state's drought issues.